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Mount Rose

The Vitals elev.-10,776 Rock- Broken granite
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.

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