Mount Rose

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Photo uploaded by St├ęphane Brice

Located in the Mt. Rose Wilderness Area of the

Toiyabe National Forest, this peak offers great views of the Lake Tahoe area, as well as Reno and the Carson Valley. Mt. Rose is the second highest peak in the Lake Tahoe area, with Mt. Freel in the South Shore area being the highest. The climb to the top is not very difficult, but does take a little time. The trail to the top is well worn and safe for travel. The trail winds through a wide valley full of small streams during the approach to the mountain. As the trail climbs the mountain, you pass through forested areas before rising above the treeline. Here, great views of the mountain range heading north are

unavailable, as well as a sight of Truckee in the distance. At the top there is a summit log and a few wind shelters built of rocks. On a clear day, there is no better view of the area. This mountain is best climbed during the late spring to fall period. Winter climbs are also possible, but caution should be used. All around, this mountain is a great peak for a good weekend climb.

Elevation (feet): 10,776
Elevation (meters): 3,285
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Reno
Convenient Center: Incline Village, Nevada

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Trip Reports

There are 9 trip reports for Mount Rose.

  • Log #12612 - by Perry Smith on Nov 29, 20033.00 stars
    I had always though it would be nice to try an winter assent. The day after Thanksgiving looked good - not alot of snow and the weather looked reasonable. Began at 8:00am. First 2.5 miles without...
  • Log #12613 - by Danny Wasson on Nov 28, 20033.00 stars
    Lots of snow from last weeks storm. Weather was a little warm around 9000 feet. Cool and breezy at the summit.
  • Log #12614 - by Brian Montes on Mar 09, 20023.00 stars
    Nice views, a little hazy though. For better views of Tahoe try Snow Valley Peak...
  • Log #12615 - by Danny Wasson on Mar 08, 20023.00 stars
    Awsome day, just alittle to warm in the afternoon snow was alittle too soft for my liking, and I forgot the sun screen. All and All great time of year to summit the top.
  • Log #12616 - by Danny Wasson on Nov 10, 20013.00 stars
    Very mild day, temp was about 38 degrees at the summit, with just a slight breeze. I summited from the North side.
  • Log #12617 - by Robert Baffrey on Sep 18, 20003.00 stars
    The views were great and it's a really nice little hike for a little exercise.
  • Log #12618 - by Danny Wasson on Sep 09, 20033.00 stars
    Very nice day warm at the start of the climb, and alittle cool at the top. A touch of Fall with all the trees are starting to turn.
  • Log #22353 - by Bjacobs on Oct 19, 20123.00 stars
    I took off from the trailhead parking lot at 8AM. I made a little diversion over tfo Tamarack Peak and then over to Mt Church before making it to the top of Mt Rose. You definitely want to plan for...
  • Log #22354 - by Bjacobs on Oct 19, 20123.00 stars
    Took off from tailhead at 8AM. I made a little diversion over to Tamarack Peak and Mt Church before climbing to the top of Mt Rose. Beautiful 360 degree views from the top!