Nevada is home to some of the state’s brightest cities, and many of them are attracted to Las Vegas and Renault. But there is more to the government than the excitement and the city lights. In fact, a trip to Nevada is not complete without taking the time to explore some of the fascinating and beautiful areas that make Nevada unique.
Go back 10,000 years and more to the days when glaciers still made their way into our land. Imagine much of Nevada still covered in water, with ice and snow filling the mountains.
It may seem difficult to imagine such an environment given the barren and desolate appearance of desert and mountainous areas across the state, but Nevada still bears the hallmarks of the glacial period of history.
Consider, for example, the spectacular Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, not far southeast of Alco. This majestic valley and hanging valley is carved by streams of massive glaciers, and is rich in wildlife, hiking trails and reflections of the past.
While this route is very short, it is a 24 mile journey from start to finish and back again, but it has a lot to offer. Due to the high altitude and dangerous winter conditions, this route is closed during the winter months.
Visitors are guided along the way by a car tour with a well-developed 4-step guide. Explain the interpretive signs of your trip and explain the geological history of the Lamville Valley.
At the end of the trail you will reach the picnic area at the end of the Road, where you can stop for lunch before walking through the 100 km network of trails in the area. Experienced climbers may try the Ruby Crest National Recreation Route, a 40-mile walk that crosses the Ruby Mountains and crosses several mountain lakes before ending at Harrison Pass. For those who prefer a shorter trip, try a 2 mile walk to Lake Island.
After an afternoon of nature fun, why not stop overnight at Camp Thomas Canyon or Camp Lions under the stars? Or return to Alco for a hot meal and a good night’s sleep.
Another example of Nevada’s glacial heritage can be seen along the spectacular Lake Angel Pass. This “highway to paradise” crosses several thousand feet by crossing the eastern boundary of Humboldt to the glacial circus that surrounds the reservoir known as Lake Angel. Starting in Wales, the 12-mile route leads to the Angel Lake recreation area, camp and popular picnic area. More experienced climbers enjoy the 6-mile walk to Lake Grace along Lake Grace, while the 1-mile walk to Lake Smith is great for families.
To see the remaining glacier in Nevada, you must visit the Great Basin National Park. Here you can enjoy the national monument of Lehman Caves, explore the Humboldt National Forest and of course the glacier at the top of Wheeler. Stop by the visitor center to get acquainted with the park and discover the history of this area. To see the glacier you have to follow the 3 km route of Bristlecone Pine Glacier Trail. Many other routes are available, many of which have interpretive stops and route guides on request at the visitor center. For one night stay, consider one or two nights in a tent.
A road trip to the icy past that carves the slopes of the Nevada mountains is a great way to relax from the scorching heat of summer, or refresh yourself after the casino lights come on. Whether you are an experienced mountaineer or traveler, or just need a day off, you will surely enjoy hiking on the Nevada icy trails.