Mount Rose, Lake Tahoe
4-star hike | 10 mile part-loop | Medium | Washoe County, Nevada -
Mount Rose is the second tallest peak in Tahoe basin and prominent feature of the northern Lake Tahoe skyline, yet the best adjective to describe the journey to the peak is closer to 'pleasant' than it is to 'challenging' despite the 2,100ft elevation gain.
Naturally the views from the top can be incredible on a clear day - peaks all around, highways below you snaking around lakes you never knew existed and the deep-blue expanse of Lake Tahoe to the south. Any time from early summer thru November is a good time to tackle this peak, though the best of the wildflowers in this area can usually be found during late July.
Return the way you came for a nine-and-a-half mile out-and-back hike, or consider extending your return journey by just three quarters of a mile of mostly level trail by taking the loop around the south side of Tamarack Peak. Known as the old Mt. Rose trail, this route follows the path of the Tahoe Rim Trail for the most part and rewards with excellent panoramic Lake Tahoe vistas.
• Elevation Gain 2,100ft (8,900 - 10,776ft)
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