Ruby Mountains

(Ruby Valley NV)
The snow capped Ruby Mountains extended for miles just to the west of US-93 as I drove north. At Hastings Cut-off, I turned onto NV-229 and headed toward the peaks. It passed by mostly ranches with a few access roads into the forest and mountains.

Snow capped mountains

Ruby Mountains

Secret Pass
Turning south at the mountains went to the Ruby Lake Wildlife Refuge. But, I turned northward toward Secret Pass, a shortcut to Elko. The pastural scenery made for a relaxing drive. I came upon a paved pull-out that went behind a hill; so, I stopped.

Mountain, farm

Farms along the road

Waterfall, rocks, brush

Waterfall by camp

Much to my surprise, there was a creek below with a waterfall. After eating lunch, I decided to stay for the night. With little traffic on the road it was fairly quiet, and there was an internet signal. Happy camper!

(Wells NV)
Angel Lake
On my route from Elko, I stopped in Wells to have dinner. I wanted to find out about the nearby ghost town of Metropolis. However, the waitress knew nothing about it. But, she did suggest I visit Angel Lake.

Valley and distant mountains

Ruby Valley

So, I drove up the mountain to check out the lake. The narrow winding road went up and up, with no guardrails and drop-offs, that made it a bit scary. There was a good view of the valley and, at the end of the road, was the lake. The water in the lake was pristine with a waterfall on the far side. The surrounding cliffs still had some snow to reflect in the water.

Lake with snowy mountain

Angel Lake

Waterfall, rock cliff

Angel Lake Falls

I stopped at the Emigrant Museum to ask about the ghost town. The very informative docent told me the history of the area which included ranching, the California Trail and the Pony Express. He said that Metropolis was 17 miles one way on a gravel road, and that there wasn’t much left to see.

Camp: Secret Pass – BLM boondock
Scene: Mountains, waterfalls, lake

6 Responses to Ruby Mountains

  1. Martha June 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    I met a couple at REI a few years back who couldn’t say enough about the Ruby Mountains. I haven’t yet been there, but it’s on my list.

    • Pleinguy June 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

      I have to agree that you should go. And, don’t miss the Lamoille Canyon which will be my next post.

  2. Barney Ward June 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    Isn’t Nevada a surprisingly beautiful place? It caught me by surprise a few years ago.

    • Pleinguy July 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

      Yes. Nevada has much to offer that I wasn’t expecting. It deserves another visit.

  3. Dorothy June 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    These are beautiful photos. Angel Lake doesn’t even look real(know it is though). Angel Falls would be a great place to sit and stay a long while. Any idea how many miles you are viewing looking across Ruby Valley?

    • Pleinguy June 29, 2015 at 10:04 am #

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the pix. My guess the distance across the valley is about 40 miles; but, not really sure.

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