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Description 

Lamoille Canyon is a beautiful but little known part of the Ruby Mountains near Elko. Approaches to very large walls are a short bushwhack from the car.

Most of the routes are short bolted affairs on the small crags and lower angle aprons leading up to the huge overhanging loose looking walls, but some big aid routes and ice climbs have been put up as well.

If you are adventurous, there is a lot of rock to explore here and in the other harder to access canyons in the Ruby Mountains.


Getting There 

From Elko, head south through Spring Creek towards Lamoille and Jiggs following the numerous signs to Lamoille Canyon. All of the Lamoille canyon crags are a relatively short bushwhack from the road. The drive to Lamoille Canyon takes about a half hour from Elko.

While in Elko, be sure not to miss the Star Basque steakhouse (the steak sandwiches at lunchtime are wonderful) and the Stray Dog for a good selection of beers on tap. There is a neat old steakhouse in the tiny town of Lamoille about a mile past the Lamoille canyon turnoff. I believe there are camping areas in the canyon itself, and cheap motel rooms can be had at the old casinos (especially the Stockman's) in Elko.


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Throwing Rocks at Goats 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NV : Lamoille Canyon
P1: Climb the slightly overhanging off-width to a block good gear solid stacks and a knee-bar. Pull the lip belay on a big ledge. P2: Walk ten feet behind a boulder into a side leaning chimney. Chimney up 10ft to a ledge belay off the ledge. Thin and fun slab climbing up to a belay stance with a nice horn to sling....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
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Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
Lamoille Canyon - The Yosemite of Nevada
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By Scott "Scoboni" Powell
From: Reno, Nevada
Feb 19, 2006

Located in the Ruby Mountains, Lomoille Canyon is called the Yosemite of Nevada because like Yosemite it was carved by glaciers, as evidenced by the U shaped valley and moraines on the valley floor. I was there this past November (2005) to scout the area for future climbing. I found a few bolted routes right off the road, but didn't have time to get to the cliffs and crags that line the road up the canyon. The road ends at 8800 feet and runs around Ruby Dome, the highest peak in the area at 11,249 feet. The pictures I posted show the canyon from the start of road to the end. The potential for climbing in Lomoille Canyon is tremendous, it's proximity to Elko makes it attractive and it's isolation in northeastern Nevada means very few climbers are there at any given time. I look forward to spending more time there.

By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Jul 3, 2008

Hows the rock? Looks a bit loose. More like the Rock Creek of Nevada.

By RedRockRat
May 6, 2009

Hopefully a new incarnation of the guide book will be in the works over this summer. Looking for contributions from everyone to make it up to date.
Thanks

By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
Jan 18, 2010

Was out there today. 31 degrees and perfect in the sun. Anyway, I've got the guide, which is far from complete. Anyone know who may be chronicaling the goings on hereabouts?

By ErikK
Apr 10, 2010

I drove all the way from SLC in search of the "Yosemite of Nevada". All I can say is at least the beer is full strength. It's choss; lots of other areas way more worth the drive.

By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Oct 17, 2011

The Ruby Mountains are one of the few east-west aligned mountain ranges in the West. Geologically, the rocks are part of the Ruby Mountain's metamorphic core complex and the walls are mostly gneiss. Other climbing areas with the same geologic setting are City of Rocks (ID) and Mount Lemmon (AZ).

I agree that Lamoille Canyon is the Yosemite of Nevada and in 1979 counted at least six almost-Yosemite sized walls.

By Erik Syrstad
From: Logan, UT
Aug 13, 2012

Ken - my map must be sideways, because they look pretty close to north-south...

By oldfattradguuy
Jun 9, 2013

Flintstonehenge is the correct name for the Sport Rocks as in the guidebook. This was named in 1990, well before the guidebook authors decided to name it Sport Rocks. FA research included talking to some folks who owned a shop in Elko at the time and did not know of any previous names for the formation or routes. I was told "we did some practice for Yosemite in the area". Ruby Heliguides did not have any other information.

Conventional naming (e.g. historical) should be used. If anyone climbed on and referred to this area as anything different, please update, it would be great to have a full history.

This Section needs to be subdivided based on the last guidebook (or so) with the following nomenclature and then some:
Flintstonehenge - Oldest known name for the Sport Wall
Great White Wall - Oldest known name for the Dead Snag area.
Zip World - Oldest known name for the Boulder Garden.