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Waterfalls Abound on Scenic Thomas Canyon Hike

These hikers enjoyed a lunch break at the top of the canyon while relaxing next to one of the larger waterfalls.

Local area hikers celebrated the summer solstice June 21 on a warm, sunny day climbing through Thomas Canyon in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near Lamoille, Nevada.

The hike is part of a collaborative effort between the BLM’s Elko District, U.S. Forest Service - Ruby Mountain Ranger District and local outdoor clothing store, Cedar Creek Clothing. The partners team up every year to provide fun, free, family outings to introduce people to their public lands. 

U.S. Forest Service Recreation Planner, Nancy Taylor (left), along with her service dog Kasha, leads the pack up one of the most strenuous portions of the hike.The first summer hike of the season was filled with picture-perfect weather and scenes. The numerous waterfalls throughout the canyon appeared as if the ledges were weeping from the warm summer sun. The sizeable patches of snow will provide plenty of fuel for continuing waterfalls well into the summer. Along the 2.5 mile journey to the top of the canyon, hikers rested frequently to enjoy the view and the various wildflowers in full bloom.

At the mid-point of the hike, the canyon provided a grand finale of four waterfalls in almost every direction flowing with the roar of a scenic freight train. A chilly breeze blowing through the canyon provided ambient noise while the occasional bird chirped in the distance. Those hikers able to climb to the top of the canyon took a lunch break enjoying nature’s beauty before descending back to civilization.

The entire trek lasted a little more than four hours; however, all the hikes are broken into ability groups, and not all hikers chose to hike as far or as long. This scenic summer spectacular attracted 25 public land users. Upcoming events include a campout in the Jarbidge Wilderness to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The campout will include hiking, campfires and poetry readings.

By Lesli Ellis-Wouters, Elko District public affairs specialist

Waterfalls were visible along every curve of the trail.

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Banner: These hikers enjoyed a lunch break at the top of the canyon while relaxing next to one of the larger waterfalls.

Middle: U.S. Forest Service Recreation Planner, Nancy Taylor (left), along with her service dog Kasha, leads the pack up one of the most strenuous portions of the hike.

Bottom: Waterfalls were visible along every curve of the trail.