Mount Rose

Place Name: Washoe County

Place Description: State: Nevada
Date: 08/31/2019
Elevation: 10,776 Feet
Prominence: 3,630 Feet
Miles: 12 (with Church Peak)
Elevation Gain: 2,467 Feet
Lists: Tahoe-Ogul, Great Basin, Nevada County High Points, Nevada Peaks Club, Western States Climbers

  • Difficulty
  • Solitude
  • Kid Friendly
  • Summit Views

A Wonderful Day Hike

Mount Rose towers over Reno, NV yet can be seen prominently from all over the Lake Tahoe side. Sitting between the two areas means you get exceptional views in all directions. Unfortunately, its proximity to both areas leaves it very crowded.



  • Amazing view of Tahoe
  • Good trail to the top
  • Other peaks in the area give great options to extend


  • Very crowded
  • Can get hot and/or windy
  • People drive like maniacs on the Mt. Rose Highway

Mount Rose is a beautiful mountain, standing prominently over Reno, NV and also being seen along the northeastern shores of Lake Tahoe, making it absolute eye candy wen standing on top.

The trail is not overly difficult and checks in around 11 miles with just over 2,000 feet of gain. There are never any spots on this trail that I thought were overly steep, in fact, it is graded nicely and very well marked.

The one nice thing is there are so many more peaks in the area that you can take different trails and bag them as well, making for a full day of hiking. During this trip, my 8-year-old son wanted to tag Church Peak, which lies about 1/2 mile north of Mount Rose, so we did that making for a 12-mile roundtrip hike.

Church Peak added about 40 minutes round trip onto the hike and offered some fun class 2 scrambling over a bump on the ridge.

The other cool thing is that Mount Rose finds itself on a huge pile of peak bagging lists, including the main 3 I’m after – Tahoe-Ogul, Great Basin, and Nevada County High Points.

Since Mount Rose lies right next to Reno, expect a lot of crowds on the trail. There is no shortage of human and canine traffic. To avoid this, I’d suggest starting early.

All in all, this was a fun day hike and a personal best in mileage for my son. Definitely a day to remember! Definitely an area I would like to come back to and another 4-5 summits to my resume.