Now let's try the game with the word "Alps". What word or place did you think of—Switzerland perhaps? It might take some time before someone would say "Eastern Nevada". But that's just where the mountains called "America's Alps" are found.
The Ruby Crest Trail is a 32 mile-long hiking, backpacking and equestrian route across the Ruby Mountains. I've hiked only a few miles of it but those beginning miles gave an outstanding glimpse of what this trail has to offer: alpine lakes, rocky summits, aspen-lined creeks and wildflower meadows.
|The trail begins in the open meadow of Lower Lamoille Canyon.|
|The trail passes rushing Lamoille Creek.|
Views downstream of Lamoille Canyon grow more
impressive with each step.
|Switchbacks along the mountainside lead to|
|Lamoille Lake is cradled in a deep snow-filled gouge in the|
West edge of Upper Lamoille Canyon.
The next time you're socializing with friends on your deck—playing word association or a similar game—impress them with your knowledge of names and places associated with the word "alps" by mentioning Nevada's Ruby Mountains; you can't lose.
Note: Global climate change is affecting mountain ranges worldwide and the Rubies are no exception. Snow no longer dominates the ridge lines in July as it did in this collection of photos from 1999.