Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Cave lake State Park May 27, 2012
Location: Cave Lake State Park is located 15 miles southeast of Ely off of US. 93 in eastern Nevada. The park features a 32 acre reservoir at 7300 feet in the Schell Creek Range. Temperatures during the summer can be warm in 90s and during the winter cold with snow on the ground much of the time.
General Information: To use the facilities at the park a fee of $10 is assessed at the front; it is waived if an individual camps for the night (cost of $14). Activities during the summer include fishing, hiking and camping. There are two campgrounds: Elk Flat Campground and Lake View Campground. A Nevada license is needed to fish at the lake. During the winter snow mobiling, snow shoeing, and ice fishing are popular activities. Animals include brown trout and rainbow trout in the lake with elk, muledeer, bobcat and moutain lion in the surrounding range. Flora is sage brush, scrub pine and choke cherry.
Hiking: Visitors can hike four developed trails in ranging from easy to strenuous. The easiest trail is a three mile round trip along Steptoe Creek. The Cave Springs Trail is a five mile moderately- strenuous hike that takes you into the hills. The Cave Lake Trail is a strenuous 4.5 mile climb to an overlook of the lake. The Twisted Pines trail leaves the overlook trail and rejoins it after a couple miles. All the trails are easy to follow and worth whle. The Cave Lake Trail offers the best views of the area. (Information from www. parks.nv.gov/parks/cave-lake-state-park/)
Scenery in the Schell Creek Range looking north
Schell Creek Range off trail