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Lamoille Lake

Ruby Mountains Area, Nevada

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  • Lamoille Canyon parking area and trailhead.- Lamoille Lake
  • A sign marks the beginning of the trail.- Lamoille Lake
  • The lower portion of the trail traces the edge of the canyon valley.- Lamoille Lake
  • Because of the position of the trail, don't be surprised to encounter snow when other areas of the Rubies are dry.- Lamoille Lake
  • Views of Lamoille Canyon from the higher lookouts along the trail.- Lamoille Lake
  • Approaching Lamoille Lake through the forest.- Lamoille Lake
  • Lamoille Lake, carved out by glaciers.- Lamoille Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful hike. Epic scenery.
Cons: 
Canyon gets snow more of the year than surrounding areas.
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Region:
Ruby Mountains Area, NV
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
770.00 ft (234.70 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,780.00 ft (2,676.14 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Lamoille Lake is a scenic glacier-carved lake lying at the base of a stone mountain, and at 1.6 miles, it is the nearest lake to the Lamoille Canyon Trailhead parking area along the Ruby Crest Trail.

Taking on just under 800 feet of elevation gain in just over 1.5 miles, the trail quickly climbs out of the parking area and skirts a creek before beginning a series of switchbacks up along the shady mountain wall. The trail is very scenic and at times turns to views of the bowl at the southern edge of Lamoille Canyon and the lower mountain ridges of the northern extreme.

While the distance is not demanding, the elevation gain combined with the 9000-foot trailhead elevation makes this trail better for those of moderate to advanced ability or those prepared to take their time. 

At the top is Lamoille Lake, a small lake flanked by trees on either side, and some brush along the stone basin on its path cascading into the bowl below.

From the cold lake, it is possible to continue further up the right side of the lake toward Liberty Lake or to turn around and return back down the trail.

Because this area is on the north side of the Ruby Mountains, Lamoille Canyon, and this trail in particular, will hold snow later in the season and get snow earlier than most other portions of the Rubies. Be prepared for snow on the higher portions of this trail.

A vault toilet is available at the trailhead.

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