The following are updates for Hiking Nevada’s County High Points by author Bob Sumner. Also check out his website for updates as well.
Ruby Dome, Ruby Mountains, Elko County, NV
7/9/2012 – The drought is starting to take its toll and we’ve now got an early season peak closure, which is Elko County high point, Ruby Dome. On July 4th there was a fire on the property of the Spring Creek Association, and they are no longer issuing the key to the gate to visitors. Also, hiking access across their land has been temporarily suspended. If you are planning a trip to Ruby Dome, be sure to call ahead to see if/when hiker access will be restored. The phone number for the Spring Creek Association is 775-753-6295.
Mount Thomas, Ruby Mountains, Elko County, NV
7/1/2012 – As we already know, this year’s low snow levels have created some “early” hiking opportunities. One place where this is readily apparent is the Ruby Mountains in northeast Nevada. It’s not unusual to have large amounts of snow linger here, even into late July and August. But this year much of the snow is already gone, as evidenced by my ascent of Mount Thomas a few days ago. At 11,320′, Mount Thomas is the 3rd highest peak in the Rubies. Starting from road’s end in Lamoille Canyon, the trail to Island Lake is clear and in great shape. The wildflowers are blooming and the creeks are gushing, making for splendid scenery. From Island Lake, the route then goes cross-country northwest towards Thomas, but cuts right higher up using steep chutes and ledges to gain the east ridge of the peak. Mountain goats frequent the higher terrain, so don’t be surpised to see some. Nearby and interestingly-shaped Thomas Benchmark can also be added on quite easily. The views are far-reaching and the distant ranges are numerous. The best views of course, are of the East Humboldt Range and Rubies, including Elko County high point Ruby Dome. This will be a great summer for hiking the Rubies but don’t wait too long. Prime time starts now, and it’s stunning and breathtaking.
Churchill County—Desatoya Peak
It has been reported that approximately a 1/2 mile beyond Basque Summit, the road becomes very steep and washed out.
Page 38 | At 4.0 miles you pass through a cattle fence. The meadow here is to the left, not to the right.
Clark County—Charleston Peak
There is now a sign 20.3 miles up the Kyle Canyon Road indicating “Trail Canyon” and “Mary Jane Falls”. After turning right here (onto Echo Road) and driving up the road 0.4 miles, paved Echo Road veers right. Here on the left side of the road is the new Trail Canyon Trailhead, a large graded parking lot with bathrooms. You can still drive up the road another 0.2 miles to the original trailhead, however the new trailhead is much nicer and is preferred. There is also a new 0.2 mile connector trail starting at the new trailhead. The new Trail Canyon Trailhead can also be utilized for the hike to Mary Jane Falls.
Douglas County—East Peak
There is a Heavenly Ski Resort ski lift open from July 4th to Labor Day that transports people to within 1/2 mile of the summit of East Peak.
The elevation for Ruby Pyramid is 11,360’. This peak is sometimes referred to as “Ruby Dome, East Peak.”
Esmeralda County—Boundary Peak
The correct round trip gain for this hike is 3500’.
Trail Peak is sometimes referred to as “Trail Canyon Saddle Peak”.
Eureka County—Diamond Peak
The “Dump” road in the town of Eureka now has different signage. The sign for the dump now says “Dump Site”. The street sign at that corner says Reno Avenue and Country Road 101.
Lyon County—Northeast Ridge of Middle Sister
The last mile of dirt road has deteriorated significantly. High clearance 4WD is recommended. 2WD vehicles should probably park at the intersection with the Risue Road.
The Risue Road is Forest Road #050, not #056.
Mineral County—Mount Grant
The first public access since September 11, 2001, was achieved on the 10-year anniversary of that tragic day. 59 people reached the summit. It is hoped that this access day will become an annual event.
Nye County—Mount Jefferson
The correct elevation for Mount Jefferson is 11,941’.
The sign “Jefferson Summit” at the turn 7.5 miles up the Meadow Canyon Road is missing.
Pershing County—Star Peak
There has been an increase in mining truck traffic on the frontage road along Interstate 80. Drive cautiously and yield to larger or faster vehicles.
2WD will want to stop at 5.8 miles, where the approach road drops down into Eldorado Canyon. There are reports of water damage in the canyon thus making the last 2 miles to the miner’s camp drivable for 4WD only.
There are reports that that the 4WD road above the old mining camp is drivable for a mile or two beyond. High clearance strongly recommended.