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Route Descriptions

 

Ruby Loop Highlights

Ruby Loop Highlights

--117 miles, 6,270' elevation gain

--60 miles gravel, 57 miles paved

--elevations between 5,457' and 7,230'

--road surfaces include smooth pavement, smooth compacted gravel, loose gravel, washboards

--grades between 7% climbs to 10% descents

Details:

This ride circumnavigates the central, highest elevation part of the Ruby Mountains (one of a few glaciated alpine mountain ranges in the Great Basin). The loop has one significant climb, though most of the 6,270' of elevation gain is on the rolling hills along the flanks of the range.


The ride begins in scenic Lamoille at the mouth of Lamoille Canyon and heads south along the west flank of the range. As you leave the pavement on Pleasant Valley Road, you’ll be on a rolling gravel road at the foot of Lee Peak, Mt. Gilbert and Ruby Dome, the highest peak in the Ruby Mountains (11,392’). Continuing south toward Lee, you’ll cross a small portion of Te-Moak Shoshone tribal lands, then into the headwaters of the South Fork of the Humboldt River.  You may encounter a couple of water crossings along this section. The first rest stop is at the historic Lee Schoolhouse. From Lee, you’ll continue south towards Jiggs, home of the world famous Jiggs Bar (a television commercial for the original VW Van was filmed here in the 1960’s, there’s a photo from that ad campaign inside). From Jiggs, you’ll begin the most significant climb of the ride – Harrison Pass (1,760’ elevation gain).  Harrison Pass marks the southern end of the Central Ruby Mountains and south end of the Ruby Crest Trail. The road surface changes back to gravel just before the final assault on the summit, then down the twisting (and often washboarded) descent to Ruby Valley.  At the base of Harrison Pass, you’ll turn north on Ruby Valley Road, along the steep east side of the Ruby Mountains. At the community of Ruby Valley, you’ll get a reprieve from the gravel and travel on a lightly traveled paved road as you continue north toward Secret Pass. Secret Pass marks the north end of the central Ruby Mountains and the south end of the East Humboldt Range. The summit at Secret Pass is quite deceptive, located on what appears to be rolling terrain east of the range, soon though you pass the Secret Pass Ranch and begin a fun, wide open descent. At the foot of the canyon, you’ll turn south on the Forth Halleck-Lower Lamoille gravel road for the final grind over a number of deceptive rolling hills, back to your finish at Lamoille.

 

Secret Pass Loop Highlights

Secret Pass Loop Highlights

--62 mile out and back route, 4,365' elevation gain

--41 miles gravel, 21 pavement

--elevations between 5,458' and 6,503'

--road surfaces include smooth pavement, smooth compacted gravel, loose gravel, washboards

--maximum grade of 8.9%

Details:

This route is an out and back metric century (100 km) along the west flank of the Ruby Mountains north of Lamoille, and climbs and descends the northernmost pass of the Ruby Mountain Range. The ride is 62 miles of gravel and smooth pavement with total elevation gain of 4,365'. This ride has 41 miles on gravel and 21 on paved roads at elevations between 5,458' and 6,503'.


The ride begins in scenic Lamoille, below the mouth of Lamoille Canyon. You’ll head north out of Lamoille and almost immediately turn on to smooth gravel as you pass by the historic and scenic Lamoille Church and a number of ranches. After passing the intersection with Lower Lamoille Road, the distance between ranches gets longer and the road gets rougher with several short but steep climbs up to 9%), but always with a great view of the Ruby Mountains. After 18 miles of dirt, you'll turn right on to the paved Secret Pass climb. This is a moderate grade climb, 3-5% for about 9 miles in a scenic canyon. You’ll pass the Secret Pass Ranch and Secret-Starr trailhead as you exit the canyon and think you’re done climbing, but there’s still a couple of miles of 2-3% climbing ahead to the actual, very non-descript summit.  Secret Pass divides the range into the East Humboldt Range to the north and Ruby Mountains to the south. Shortly after passing the summit, you'll turn left onto the gravel North Ruby Valley Road and ride another 3 miles to the turnaround (with a last bit of climbing). As you return, you'll have spectacular views of the northern Ruby Mountains, Soldier and Secret Peaks straight ahead and the East Humboldt Range - Humboldt Peak on your right. After the sweeping descent of Secret Pass, you'll turn back onto the gravel of the Fort Halleck road, retracing your route and enjoying the different perspective of seeing the other side of the views you had on the way out.

 

Lee Loop Highlights

Lee Loop Highlights

--36 mile out and back route with 2,015' elevation gain

--28 miles gravel, 8 miles pavement

--elevations between 5,610' and 6,102'

--road surfaces include smooth pavement, smooth compacted gravel, loose gravel, washboards

--maximum grade of up to 7.5% for short distances


Details:

This ride is an out and back from Lamoille to Lee along the west flank of the Ruby Mountains, passing by the highest peaks of the range. Don’t let the short distance fool you, this ride is 28 miles of rolling, hilly gravel and only 8 miles of paved road at elevations between 5,610' and 6,102’. Total elevation gain is deceptive at 2,015’.


The ride begins in scenic Lamoille at the mouth of Lamoille Canyon and heads south along the west flank of the range. As you leave the pavement on Pleasant Valley Road, you’ll be on a rolling gravel road at the foot of Lee Peak, Mt. Gilbert and Ruby Dome, the highest peak in the Ruby Mountains (11,392’). After a gentle-moderate uphill grind on some loose gravel, you’ll veer south toward Lee. This will be an optional turnaround for those wishing to do a shorter (20 mile) ride. Continuing south toward Lee, you’ll cross a small portion of Te-Moak Shoshone tribal lands, then into the headwaters of the South Fork of the Humboldt River. You may encounter a couple of water crossings along this section – depending on the winter snowpack. The turnaround is at the historic Lee Schoolhouse, where you’ll re-trace your ride, enjoying spectacular views of the Ruby Mountains and those grueling rolling hills you enjoyed on the way out.

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Secret Pass Loop Highlights

Secret Pass Loop Highlights

--62 mile out and back route, 4,365' elevation gain

--41 miles gravel, 21 pavement

--elevations between 5,458' and 6,503'

--road surfaces include smooth pavement, smooth compacted gravel, loose gravel, washboards

--maximum grade of 8.9%

Details:

This route is an out and back metric century (100 km) along the west flank of the Ruby Mountains north of Lamoille, and climbs and descends the northernmost pass of the Ruby Mountain Range. The ride is 62 miles of gravel and smooth pavement with total elevation gain of 4,365'. This ride has 41 miles on gravel and 21 on paved roads at elevations between 5,458' and 6,503'.


The ride begins in scenic Lamoille, below the mouth of Lamoille Canyon. You’ll head north out of Lamoille and almost immediately turn on to smooth gravel as you pass by the historic and scenic Lamoille Church and a number of ranches. After passing the intersection with Lower Lamoille Road, the distance between ranches gets longer and the road gets rougher with several short but steep climbs up to 9%), but always with a great view of the Ruby Mountains. After 18 miles of dirt, you'll turn right on to the paved Secret Pass climb. This is a moderate grade climb, 3-5% for about 9 miles in a scenic canyon. You’ll pass the Secret Pass Ranch and Secret-Starr trailhead as you exit the canyon and think you’re done climbing, but there’s still a couple of miles of 2-3% climbing ahead to the actual, very non-descript summit.  Secret Pass divides the range into the East Humboldt Range to the north and Ruby Mountains to the south. Shortly after passing the summit, you'll turn left onto the gravel North Ruby Valley Road and ride another 3 miles to the turnaround (with a last bit of climbing). As you return, you'll have spectacular views of the northern Ruby Mountains, Soldier and Secret Peaks straight ahead and the East Humboldt Range - Humboldt Peak on your right. After the sweeping descent of Secret Pass, you'll turn back onto the gravel of the Fort Halleck road, retracing your route and enjoying the different perspective of seeing the other side of the views you had on the way out.

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