Ever since moving to Nevada, I've wanted to visit the Ruby Mountains. Last weekend I took a spontaneous road trip and camped at Thomas Canyon in the Ruby Mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. What took me so long?
The Ruby Mountains are considered Nevada's answer to Yosemite, and they aren't kidding. This place is gorgeous! Every view is jaw-dropping. The best part about this Nevada secret -- it isn't overrun with crowds of people so it still has sense of wilderness.
Thomas Canyon Campground is intimate too. Nestled along creek beds, I was lucky enough to snag a campsite along the water's edge.
The campground is characterized by aspen trees, wildflowers, and lots of little critters. I spent one day just relaxing in private cove by the creek, taking dips in the cool water, watching birds, and reading a book.
Even though I only had the weekend, I still got to do a couple of hikes. The most spectacular one was hiking the Ruby Crest trail.
Easy enough for all ages and abilities, the Ruby Crest trail offers a glimpse of meadows, creeks, wildflowers, and alpine lakes. This is a picture of Lamoille Lake -- a place that was worth stopping by for a swim and picnic lunch.
A couple days was not enough time, so I will definitely be coming back to the Ruby Mountains next year.
Little Unknown Facts about the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
- 6.3 million acres (the largest national forest in the contiguous United States)
- Nevada is the most mountainous state in the contiguous United States
- The forest encompasses 80,000-100,000 archeological sites