Thomas Peak

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Thomas Peak
2013-09-09 14 30 42 View southwest from 9980 feet while descending from Verdi Peaks back to Terraces Picnic Area.jpg
Thomas Peak, viewed from Verdi Peak
Highest point
Elevation 11,321 ft (3,451 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 1,080 ft (329 m) [2]
Coordinates 40°37′19″N 115°23′34″W / 40.621966°N 115.392822°W / 40.621966; -115.392822Coordinates: 40°37′19″N 115°23′34″W / 40.621966°N 115.392822°W / 40.621966; -115.392822
Thomas Peak is located in Nevada
Thomas Peak
Thomas Peak
Location Elko County, Nevada, U.S.
Parent range Ruby Mountains
Topo map USGS Ruby Dome
Easiest route From Island Lake, Class 2 scramble north up an avalanche chute and then west along the ridgeline[3]

Thomas Peak is the second highest named mountain in both the Ruby Mountains and Elko County, in Nevada, United States. It is the thirty-fourth highest mountain in the state.[4] The peak is located about 24 miles (39 km) southeast of the city of Elko in the Ruby Mountains Wilderness, within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.[2] One of the most voluminous mountains in the range, its base makes up most of the east wall of Thomas Canyon, as well as the west wall of the long curved section of upper Lamoille Canyon.

Thomas Peak and the adjacent canyon and campground is named after Raymond Thomas, a teacher at Elko High School, who led a group of hikers into the canyon in October 1916. Caught in an early snowstorm, he died while assisting his party until rescuers could arrive.[5]

Summit panorama[edit]

Thomas Peak view
360-degree panorama from the summit of Thomas Peak


  1. ^ a b "THOMAS". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Peak, Nevada". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Peak". Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Nevada 11,000-foot Peaks". Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Howard Hickson'S Histories". Great Basin College. Retrieved 2014-01-28.  |chapter= ignored (help)