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411--Nevada: The Ruby Mountains
@ CherieSpotting     Jul 21 2008 - 04:50 PST
Cherie at Overland Lake, "about" the halfway point on the Ruby Crest Trail, a 43-mile trail linking Lamoille Canyon to Harrison Pass in the Ruby Mountains.

Cherie at Overland Lake, "about" the halfway point on the Ruby Crest Trail, a 43-mile trail linking Lamoille Canyon to Harrison Pass in the Ruby Mountains.

cherie writes: Ready for a little solitude and adventure, Anita and I planned a backpacking trip to the Ruby Mountains. A few days before we left I called to check “snow conditions” simply because a website advised me to. Snow in Nevada in July? To a California-girl like me, it seemed silly. But with ten peaks over 10,000-ft in the Ruby Mountain Range, snow was a certainty—even in July.

“Impassible” was the word that the Ranger used when I called. She informed me that no one had done the Ruby Crest Trail (RCT) this year since there had been an abnormal amount of snow in the Ruby Mountains this year. But we didn’t let that fact deter us.

Anita and I decided to hike “the hard way” (starting at Harrison Pass) and give the snow a few extra days to melt in the 90 degree Nevada heat. Turns out the Ranger was right—about halfway through our hike, we lost the trail beneath the snow and were forced to turn back. But although Anita and I didn’t complete the RCT, we spent five amazing days hiking in the Ruby Mountain Wilderness.
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