Lamoille Lake | Elko Nevada

Hiking Lamoille Lake - Elko Nevada Hiking Lamoille Lake

Elko Nevada

Overview

RATING: Easy to Moderate Hike
MAPS: Ruby Dome, NV;

Mon

Scattered snow showers between 11am and 2pm, then scattered snow showers and isolated thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 10 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

38 | 26

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 43. West northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

43 | 22

Wed

Patchy blowing dust and isolated snow showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

49 | 30

Thu

Isolated snow showers before 2pm, then patchy blowing dust and isolated snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

39 | 25

Fri

Isolated snow showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 23

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SEASON: Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Several Filterable Lakes

Mon

Scattered snow showers between 11am and 2pm, then scattered snow showers and isolated thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 10 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

38 | 26

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 43. West northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

43 | 22

Wed

Patchy blowing dust and isolated snow showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

49 | 30

Thu

Isolated snow showers before 2pm, then patchy blowing dust and isolated snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

39 | 25

Fri

Isolated snow showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 23

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Dawn on the peaks east of Lamoille Lake

Dawn on the peaks east of Lamoille Lake

A relatively short hike from the trailhead, this is a good family friendly leg-stretching hike that will give a good, albeit brief, introduction to the Ruby Mountains. Though relatively short, the hike offers big views of Lamoille Canyon and has several smaller lakes to pass en route. This is a popular destination for fisherman, so be sure to bring your rod and reel if you are inclined. This also makes a great short overnighter for families.

Lamoille Lake

Lamoille Lake

Getting There

From downtown Elko, take 5th Street south, which becomes state road 227. This is well signed for Lamoille Canyon. From Elko, stay on 227 for about 19 miles to the signed Forest Road 660 on the right. Signed for Lamoille. Follow the road to its ends in 12 miles. This is the exit trailhead. There is a toilet at the trailhead, but no camping. Thompson Canyon Campround is part way up the canyon, but can fill up on weekends. See Reserve America for reservations.

Dollar Lakes near Lamoille Lake

Dollar Lakes near Lamoille Lake

Route

From the trailhead, follow the main trail. It climbs in the wash bottom, then begins a series of wide, sweeping switchbacks climbing up to the next layer of the canyon. Once up a layer, the trail flattens out a bit and offers great views of Lamoille Canyon.

The first few lakes passed are called Dollar Lakes. They are much smaller and don't tend to attract the number of visitors Lamoille Lake does. If looking for a bit of solitude, these lakes can likely offer it.

Continuing past Dollar Lakes, it is a short distance to the junction for Lamoille Lake on the right. The lake is within sight of this junction and offers quite a few good primitive campsites along its shore.


Maps

Route / 4.32 miles / Elevation Range 8,776 - 9,762 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead - Lamoille Canyon

11T 637422mE 4496080mN

N40° 36' 15" W115° 22' 33"

Dollar Lakes

11T 636470mE 4494865mN

N40° 35' 36" W115° 23' 14"

Lamoille Lake Jct

11T 636071mE 4494801mN

N40° 35' 34" W115° 23' 31"

Stock Trail Jct - Stay Left

11T 636122mE 4494825mN

N40° 35' 35" W115° 23' 29"

Lamoille Lake

11T 635986mE 4494802mN

N40° 35' 34" W115° 23' 35"

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