Elko Correspondence – September 2016


September Hiking in the Rubies

Island Lake. Photo by Famartin (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode)
                                       Island Lake. Photo by Famartin (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode)

September is often the best time to hike in the Ruby Mountains, as the temperatures have cooled off and the number of hikers has dropped with the end of summer vacations. Two of my favorite trails that I try and hike every year are located in Lamoille Canyon. The first is the Island Lake Trail. This trail starts at Roads End and winds its way above Lamoille Creek. You have a great view of Lamoille Canyon as you climb above the valley floor. Before long, you reach the end of the trail at Island Lake which sits in a glacial carved basin. It is the perfect spot for a lunch under the shade of the pine trees and for the adventurous you can hop in the cold water for a refreshing dip.

Thomas Canyon campground (Photo credit: National Park Service/ recreation.gov)
Thomas Canyon campground (Photo credit: National Park Service/recreation.gov)

The other hike I enjoy is the Thomas Canyon Trail. You park in the Thomas Canyon Campground in Lamoille Canyon, and there is a short walk to the trailhead. The trail follows Thomas Creek and its many waterfalls, cascades and beaver ponds. After two miles, it ends in a glacial carved basin with lush meadows and a small beaver pond. I would rate both trails as moderate because of the gain in elevation, but the short lengths of both trails make it nice for most hikers. Check in with the Forest Service at 2035 Last Chance Road in Elko (775 738-5171) to get maps, and updates on current conditions before you go.

Music at the Western Folklife Center

Southwind, a local three-piece string band has been performing at the Western Folklife Center on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for over a year now. This free show is an excellent family event to break up the week. They play a wonderful mix of Celtic, folk, rock, and Americana music in the Pioneer Saloon. The bar is open during the show, which runs from 6-8 pm. Whether you are a local or a visitor, this should be on your to do list. Call the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508 for more info.

Edible Elko Basque Style

Ogi Deli is a new deli in town that brings a fresh twist to Elko’s Basque dining experience. Anamaria, the owner has created several basque sandwiches for the lunch crowd. These treats include the Chorizo, Solomo, and Jamon & Gazta sandwiches. At 282 11th Street, they are open for breakfast and lunch and have a great menu, including gluten free and vegetarian options. Check out their website at ogideli.com.

— Doug Clarke