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Mt. Rose Summit Trail

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 4.3 (22) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the most popular summits in Nevada - and deservedly so!


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10.1

Miles

16.2

KM

Out and Back

10,725' 3,269 m

High

8,921' 2,719 m

Low

2,109' 643 m

Up

2,108' 643 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers

Overview

Standing tall to the north of Lake Tahoe, the views from the third-highest peak around the lake are superb. And as you finish the hot, steep summit, you'll wish you could dive right into the serene lake below!

Description

From the often-crowded parking lot on Mount Rose highway, easily traverse the hillside with lovely flowers and grasses. Pass right under the steep slopes of Tamarack Peak on your left. Though forested, there are plenty of breaks in the trees to appreciate the view.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Remarkable wildflowers can be seen in the Galena Creek area when the season is right.

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Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 21 votes

#2

in Lake Tahoe

#568

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Mount Rose's summit, 9:15 AM in October. Easy climb and great vista.
Oct 13, 2016 near Incline…, NV
Mount Rose and its namesake summit trail seen from Church Peak.
Aug 15, 2016 near Incline…, NV
Trekking pole pock marks guide your path on a winter ascent of Mt. Rose.
Aug 15, 2016 near Incline…, NV
Lake Tahoe from Mount Rose summit.
Aug 15, 2016 near Incline…, NV
Captivating views of Mt. Rose grace all visitors on the Rim to Reno Trail.
Aug 15, 2016 near Incline…, NV
Wildflowers along the trail.
Aug 20, 2017 near Incline…, NV

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Jun 2, 2020
David Martinez
Oct 23, 2019
Jennifer H
Mount Rose never disappoints, cold and windy at the top today. 10.5mi — 4h 52m
Sep 12, 2019
Doug Jones
Hiked this about five times over a month as conditioning hike for Whitney. 10.2mi
Aug 31, 2019
Joe Francis
9.8mi — 6h 20m
Aug 23, 2019
Doug Jones
conditioning for Mt Whitney 10.1mi — 14h 00m
Aug 10, 2019
Siera W
Aug 9, 2019
Matthew Hickerson
Very popular with dog owners and their canine companions. 10.1mi — 4h 17m
Nov 3, 2018
Yifei Li