Elko, NV: Jarbidge River Trail

Trek across a sparsely populated corner of northeast Nevada.
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Trek across a sparsely populated corner of northeast Nevada.

If you crave adventure and solitude, you’ll want to try this 20-mile semiloop that winds upstream to a pair of subalpine basins nestled below rugged peaks in northeastern Elko County. From the trailhead, climb 5.7 miles up the V-shaped canyon amid cottonwoods and aspens using the Jarbidge River Trail to serene Jarbidge Lake; a 1.5-mile side trip on the Cougar Creek Trail leads to Emerald Lake, a good spot to fish for trout. Early summer brings pleasant daytime temps and Jarbidge’s renowned wildflower displays. Camp here and rise early to watch a spectacular sunrise over the lake, then follow the loop portion of the hike to the West Marys River headwaters before climbing over a ridge and returning 2 miles to the Jarbidge River Trail.Info: www.nevadawilderness.org. USFS map: (775) 752-3357Hike provided by Mike White, author of Snowshoe Trails Tahoe: The Best Routes in the Tahoe Sierra (Wilderness Press)

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Trailhead

Location: 41.8161239624023, -115.412048339844