Mt. Rose has two peaks. The tallest was named after Jacob Rose, an early pioneer and lumberman. The second is Church peak, named after Dr. James Edward Church. Dr. Church was a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1905 Dr. Church developed one of the first high altitude meteorological observatories for snow studies in America on Mt. Rose. Mt. Rose gets an average snowfall of thirty feet. His studies developed predictable seasonal water flow from snow pack. The results from his studies are still in use today.
Mt. Rose is a side excursion on the Tahoe Rim Trail and shares the TRT for the first 2.7 miles where there are several water sources providing drinking water year round provided you filter it. Allow a minimum of five hours to cover the round trip distance of 10.75 miles on this strenuous hike. Generally the trail is closed until July 1st annually due to snow pack unless you are into winter sports.
Mt. Rose dominates the skyline from Reno or Washoe Valley. It is one of the highest peaks on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The trail starts behind the restrooms. The first quarter mile is uphill leading to some nice views of Lake Tahoe. The trail quickly veers right gaining more altitude as it enters some old growth forest. Leveling off, it is a pleasant hike with views of Mt Rose available ahead with breaks in the trees. A very healthy meadow lies below indicating water. Soon you can hear a waterfall. The trail descends towards the meadow as the waterfall comes into view. Great access will lead to your spending some time here. Continuing on the are several stream crossings for the next quarter mile. Arriving at a trail junction, the TRT is to the left. Mt Rose is straight ahead and obviously all up from here. The trail continues its climb to an nice pass where you may be inclined to take a break. These are your first views of the northern Sierra. With another trail junction straight would be Bronco Creek. Mt Rose is to the right. This starts the relentless climb to the peak. After about one half mile there are some nice views of Lake Tahoe to the south. The trail starts to serpentine to ease the climb offering views to the north of Mt. Lassen, Donner Lake, Boca Lake, Prosser Lake and Stampede Lake. Passing thru the timberline the trail turns to scree for its last few serpentines to the peak which offers 360 degree views. A short down and up easily gets you over to Church Peak while you're here. Hope you brought a sweater. Even in late summer the weather can offer some surprises up here. Visitors have built several small roofless rock shelters out of local scree for shelter from the wind. When you have had your fill return the way you came.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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