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Liberty Lake Backpacking

Ruby Mountains Area, Nevada

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  • Evaluating the route at the trailhead.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Heading out with perfect backpacking weather.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Backpacking to Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Looking down to the trailhead.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • The early Dollar Lakes.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Backpacking to Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Overlooking Lamoille Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Some local riders.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Backpacking to Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Patches of snow in September.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Taking in the first views of Liberty Lake from the saddle at around 10,500 feet.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Entering the Ruby Mountain Wilderness.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • A beautiful section of rocks en route to Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Backpacking to Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Setting up camp on near side of the lake. There is another camping area on the far side.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Having some dinner after the hike.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • An osprey grabbing a fish in Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Liberty Lake from the shore on the far side- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Getting some water to filter from Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Amazing colors and shadows by Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Taking some photos and having tea at the lookout above the lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • An amazing sunset from Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • The water is so clear.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Enjoying breakfast on the shore.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • The last goodbye to Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • The hike to Liberty Lake is spectacular.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Backpacking near Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • Backpacking near Liberty Lake.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
  • This place is so beautiful.- Liberty Lake Backpacking
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Less crowded. Great wildlife. Flowers in summer.
Cons: 
High elevation.
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Region:
Ruby Mountains Area, NV
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
7.00 mi (11.27 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,790.00 ft (2,679.19 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Liberty Lake is a terrific single-night backpacking trip because of the length of the hike and the unreal terrain you get to experience along the way. The 1,800 feet of gain and 3.5 miles to the lake is perfect; it is long enough to make you feel like you are earning the views, but you'll still have enough energy to enjoy the beautiful setting of the Ruby Mountains after setting up camp. The remote area is light on the people and heavy on the wildlife and jaw-dropping visuals.

The trail is lined with peaks, bowls and several lakes starting with the Dollar's and then the larger Lamoille Lake before ascending up several granite-lined switchbacks to the saddle. From here you get the first views of Liberty Lake before heading down into the caldera to find camp. The wildflowers are abundant if you can make it in the summer. There is an established camp on the near side of the lake, and another camp sits on the far side toward Favre Lake. As part of the Ruby Crest Trail, you do get through hikers along this trail, and there are opportunities to do some small day hikes from your base camp. 

Hike back up to the lookout toward the saddle to catch sunset to be rewarded with some beautiful light. The dispersed camping here is Leave No Trace, so pack out all human and animal waste (dogs are allowed).

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