backpacking Ruby Crest Trail

A backpacker on Nevada's Ruby Crest Trail.

Backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail—A Diamond in the Rough

By Michael Lanza Dark clouds loom low overhead, thunder periodically rents the air, and strong winds blow steadily as hurried rain showers hit us intermittently in bursts that last several minutes between equally brief dry spells. We’re hiking north on our first afternoon backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail through northeastern Nevada’s Ruby Mountains, and passing thunderstorms are making the first …

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A backpacker above Overland Lake on the Ruby Crest Trail, Ruby Mountains, Nevada.

Photo Gallery: Backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail

By Michael Lanza Under a hot sun, but with a nice breeze keeping us cool, on our second day backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains, we made the slow, 1,700-foot climb from the North Fork of Smith Creek to a pass at over 10,000 feet. It was a grind and my family spread out along the trail. …

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