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Mt. Rose Loop Trail #814

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6.5 mile 10.5 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,488' 1,063 m
Descent: -3,488' -1,063 m
High: 4,266' 1,300 m
Low: 785' 239 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 108% (47°)

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Trail shared by James Scott

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

James Scott

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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.

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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Mar 8, 2020
Aaron Smith
6.5mi — 4h 20m
Nov 11, 2019
Kalyptra Peristome
Nov 3, 2019
Steven Luckett
Oct 6, 2019
What Now
Sep 19, 2019
Andrew Ziegler
Aug 3, 2019
Mark V
Its a slog! The terrain isn't especially tricky, however it is almost constantly at an incline. 6.5mi — 5h 00m
Jun 1, 2019
Deirdre Wholly
Steep but lovely hike, lots of switchbacks, interesting terrain. Some beautiful wildflowers out. Had the summit to myself :) 6.4mi — 4h 30m
Apr 20, 2019
Jay Rosencrantz

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Overlook of Lake Cushman from Mt. Rose trail.
Feb 1, 2016 near Belfair, WA

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