I shuttled three hikers July 17 to the Ruby Crest Trail. First step was the pickup at the turnaround in Lamoille (Thomas) Canyon of the Ruby Mountains where they left their car, and where they would finish their trek.
Bill, Lori, and Steve are avid hikers of the Sierra mountains so will be comparing “our” mountain with the Sierra Nevadas. The Rubies are a smaller range within Nevada’s Great Basin topography, a glacial range younger than the Sierras.
In the Great Basin the Rubies are isolated (separated by arid desert basins), from Nevada’s many other mountain ranges, and covered in wild flowers instead of pine trees. The highest points of the crest trail over which the trio will ramble are above the tree-line so they’ll be hiking in rock and dropping down into lakes where the flowers will be everywhere! After all our spring/summer rains it should be a glorious experience.
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