The mountain range is located 20 miles south of Elko, Nevada, near the ranching community of Lamoille in Northeastern Nevada, and is approximately 90 miles in length and a dozen or so miles in width. The range runs in a north-south direction, and Secret Pass, one of two road passes that traverse the range, separates the East Humboldt section of the range to the north from the Ruby Mountains section of the range to the south. The mountain range is gently sloping on the west side and steep on the east side.
John Day Trail
4.18 Miles RT
From Lamoille NV, head north to Crossroads rd. Turn left and head 0.4 mile to a T intersection. Take the right and follow this road for 2.8 miles to a fork. Take the right fork towards Ft. Halleck and follow it for another 6 miles to the Forest Service rd. on your right signed FS335. Follow the road for 3.2 mile to a parking area and small trailhead sign. You can also get to FS335 from the north from 229 after exiting I-80 to Ruby Valley then taking the road signed to Lamoille.
Krenka Creek Loop
5.70 Miles RT
Exit I-80 east of Elko at Exit 321 to Ruby Valley. Head south and follow for 22.5 mi. to the sign for Krenka Creek directly after the sign for Forest Service access. Follow for 2.1 mi. to a fork in the road. Take the left fork for another 0.3 mi. to the parking area and trailhead. This trail follows the south ridge of Krenka Creek Canyon to the saddle. At the saddle the hike starts off trail following the ridge line to the north for 0.9 miles taking in the views of the Ruby Valley to the east and south and the alpine like granite peaks of the Ruby Mountains to the west. The route then returns south along the ridge for about 0.3 miles where it turns east and follows the ridge on the north side of Krenka Creek Canyon descending steeply off trail for about 1.2 miles where it connects with an old jeep trail to continue descending into the bottom of the canyon. After crossing the creek it connects with FR 41 and takes you back to the trailhead to complete the loop.
From I-80 take the Lamoille Highway exit, State Route 227, 22 miles southeast, through Spring Creek. Follow the signs that say "Lamoille Canyon Rec. Area." The turn will be on the right 1 mile before entering the town of Lamoille. The Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway, or FS Road 660 is paved and has a turn-around at the end. There are many hiking opportunities available along the Lamoille Canyon Road. The lower portion of the Lamoille Canyon Road is open year-round as the upper portion becomes covered in many feet of snow during the winter months.
Roads End Trail
Road's End Trailhead has access to many beautiful high elevation lakes, gorgeous views and miles of trails. The trailhead is next to Lamoille Creek and has an easy walking path down to the water. A great place to sit and relax in the beautiful Ruby Mountains.
Smith Lake Trail
12 miles southwest of Wells on NV 231. The trail begins near Angel Lake. The Smith Lake Trailhead accesses the northern part of the East Humboldt Wilderness from campground, and another trailhead from just southeast of the campground heads south, to Winchell Lake.
Soldier Basin Trailhead
From Lamoille NV, head north to Crossroads rd. Turn left and head 0.4 m. to a T intersection. Take and right and follow for 2.8 mi to a fork. Take the right fork towards Ft. Halleck and follow for another 6 mi to the Forest Service rd. on your right signed FS335. Follow for 4.2 mi. to parking area before the rough stream crossing. The trailhead sign is just on the other side of the stream. You can also get to FS335 from the north from 229 after exiting I-80 to Ruby Valley then taking the road signed to Lamoille.
South Ruby Campground
South Ruby Campground is located near Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Nevada, 75 miles southwest of the town of Wells. The campground is situated above Ruby Lake, at an elevation of 6,000 feet. A forest of pinion pine and juniper covers the area. The trees provide good privacy between campsites, but limited shade.
Thomas Canyon Campground
Thomas Canyon Campground is located in northeast Nevada, 30 miles southeast of Elko in scenic Lamoille Canyon, surrounded by aspen and cottonwood trees along Lamoille Creek, elevation 7,600 feet. Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is popular on the creek. Thomas Canyon Trail begins at the campground, leading past several waterfalls, through an alpine meadow into a glacial cirque.
Ruby Mountains Wilderness