The Vitals elev.-10,776 Rock-
elevation change 1,900 feet +
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Mount Rose, not to be confused with the ski area by
the same name, is one of the North Shore's three 10,000+ foot peaks.
The other two Houghton and Relay all lie in the same area though
they don't provide for a three peak day as do the southern threesome
of Freel, Jobs and Jobs Sister. If you're planning a trip to Mount
Rose, you've come to the right place as most guides will tell you
to park at the house on the North side of Hwy 431 and follow the
Tahoe Rim Trail to the Mount Rose Trail. There is a new Mount Rose
trailhead which takes you on a more direct route until it meets
up with the old trail after several miles. The trailhead is located
at the new (04-05 season) snowpark area. Even with the new and improved
route this is still a long hike. It covers roughly 10.5 miles round
trip and the 1,900 vertical ascent does not consider the downhill
on the way in. For motivated and healthy hikers the trip can be
accomplished in under four hours, but it will take most at least
six. The views from the top are astounding. To the north are the
Boca, stampede, and Prosser reservoirs, to the east Reno, to the
south Lake Tahoe and the Carson Range, and to the west Houghton
and Relay Peaks.
For a winter ascent, keep in mind,
When entering the backcountry, proper precautions should be taken, including
avalanche beacon and the know-how to use it, shovel, compass, friend,
weather information, and common sense.
Ride Aware, It's Big out there.