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Mt. Rose Loop Trail #814

 5 votes

Length

6.5 Miles 10.5 Kilometers


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Singletrack

Elevation

3,488' 1,063 m

Ascent

-3,488' -1,063 m

Descent

20%

Avg Grade (11°)

108%

Max Grade (47°)

4,266' 1,300 m

High

785' 239 m

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Mt. Rose is a wonderful conditioner with the trailhead being accessible year round.

James Scott

Overview

This route is a wonderful conditioner with the trailhead being accessible year round. It climbs 3500' in just 3.1 miles. In winter the upper portion will be snow covered requiring snowshoes and/or Microspikes, and additional route finding skills.
Features: Waterfall — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Open fires are not allowed above 3,500 feet. Stoves only. Most people do not camp on this route. In summer this trail can become hot and dry as it is primarily on a south facing slope.

Description

The trail is a long uphill grind. It gets more interesting after reaching "Horse Camp" where the trail splits into its western and eastern branches. The left branch is the most direct route to the summit. The right branch ascends more gradually and follows a ridge to the summit. Many people will do a complete loop incorporating both branches. Most do it in a clockwise direction to enjoy the view of Mt. Ellinor and Washington as you traverse along the ridge.

The forested trail is quite pleasant, though the ascent and descent is steep. There are great views to be had when you can peek through the trees.

Flora & Fauna

You will travel through a forest of Douglas-fir (psuedotsuga menziessi), western hemlock (tsuga hetrophylla) and silver fir (abies amabilis). The understory is primiarly salal (gautheria shallon) with some rhododendrons (rhododendron albiforum) and huckleberries (Vaccinum sp.).

History & Background

"Horse Camp" and nearby "Bear Camp" probably were established when there was a resort on Lake Cushman. The resort provided horse trips into the forest and probably supported trips to the top of Mt. Rose and adjacent Mt. Ellinor.

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Jul 4, 2017
Mark Baumgartner
6.5mi
Apr 30, 2017
Ian Braun
Trail is steep but passable, snow takes out summiting until summer melts away the snow. 5.5mi
Apr 8, 2017
Genna Olson
Feb 12, 2017
Laura Wright
6.5mi
Sep 19, 2016
Wayne Spaulding
Rained lightly during ascent. No bee's to report. Summit winds 10-15mph. Trail in good shape. Descent swift and without bee's. Intermittent rain. 6.6mi — 4h 21m
Aug 24, 2016
Silke Cruz
Although it's marked as one of the more challenging trails, my kiddos (4 and 10) had a blast and did amazing 6.5mi — 2h 30m

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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#120

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