Mt. Rose Summit Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,109' 643 m
Descent: -2,108' -643 m
High: 10,725' 3,269 m
Low: 8,921' 2,719 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“One of the most popular summits in Nevada - and deservedly so!”— Nick Wilder
Head downhill for a while, pass a waterfall, and make your way towards Galena Creek. Many waterfalls and wildflowers grace the next section, and this is one of the more pleasant and easy sections of this hike.
And now for the hard part! Cross the second branch of Galena Creek and immediately start the climb up Mount Rose, which won't let up until you hit the summit. In early to midsummer, this is one of the best places for wildflowers in all of Nevada, so make sure to take a break from the slog upwards.
Take a right when you get to the Rim to Reno Trail and take many switchbacks up the final climb to the summit. This section is strenuous, but the effort will all pay off at the top. Enjoy the stunning views of entire Tahoe basin!
Once you've had your fill of the incredible scenery, head back the way that you came to return to the trailhead and your car.
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