Road to Pearl Peak
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Tucked in the northeast corner of Nevada, the Ruby Mountains rise to over 11,000 feet above the surrounding desert. Although a relatively short mountain range slightly less than 90 miles long running from north to south, the Rubies gave settlers braving the California Trail a miniature version of what to expect when they reached the Sierra Nevada and crossed into California. The range is high enough to catch sufficient precipitation to water its conifer forests and alpine lakes. Likewise, the U-shaped Lamoille and Huntington canyons indicate the Rubies sustained significant glaciation during the last great ice age.