ⓘ East Humboldt Range. The East Humboldt Range is a mountain range in Elko County, Nevada, United States. It is located along the eastern edge of the upper waters ..


ⓘ East Humboldt Range

The East Humboldt Range is a mountain range in Elko County, Nevada, United States. It is located along the eastern edge of the upper watershed of the Humboldt River, which flows to the southwest from its source just north of the range. The range reaches a maximum elevation of 11.306 feet atop Hole in the Mountain Peak. Most of the range is included within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. In 1989, the United States Congress passed the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act establishing over 36.000 acres of the range as the East Humboldt Wilderness. The range takes its name from the Humboldt River. The name ultimately is derived from the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.

In the East Humboldts run North to South approximately 30 miles 48 km North of interstate 80 and the community of wells, while to the South are secret pass, the larger ruby range, and ruby valley. In the East Clover Valley and highway 93, West of Starr valley and apartments Denis.

These mountains were formed by a tilted fault-block process, with gradual slopes and valleys to the West and a steep escarpment on the East. Both sides of the range show extensive evidence of glaciation during the last glacial period, including U-shaped canyons, moraines, and sharply carved granite mountains, cliffs, and circuses. All these features can be seen from the 12 mi 19 km paved road from wells to scenic angel lake.

The range starts with a sharp rise from a point near the source of the Humboldt river and the community of wells, at the height 5.650 feet 1.720 m, to the summit of the peak, grace at 10.674 feet 3.253 m. from There, the range continues South for nearly 10 miles, 16 km, and a high crest, staying mostly above 10.000 feet 3.000 m. the Central part of this crest includes a number of high point, a hole in the top of the mountain. The highest summit of the southern ridge is the peak of the Humboldt 11.020 feet 3.360 m), after which the main crest begins a gradual descent, forming the northeastern slopes of secret pass and the Eastern side of North ruby valley.

The range includes many glacial mountain lakes, including lake angel, Smith lake grace, and Winchell lake to the North, and Lizzies basin, boulder lakes, and Steele lake in the Central part.

Hiking trails from secret pass up the West side around the lake angel, lake Angela, near Smith lake and trails near angel lake down the East side of the circle to lake Winchell and Lizzies basin. Open access is primarily found on the shores of lake Angela, next to the Western end of the secret passage, and via a primitive road for weeks Canyon / pool Lizzies.