Mount Rose Wilderness Area
Mount Rose Summit
Mount Rose Summit Trail
Panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe, the Truckee Meadows and the Carson Valley await. The very popular trail leads to the headwaters of Galena Creek before climbing to the summit. Be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather conditions as you approach the unprotected summit.
Distance: 12 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 8,900' to 10,776'
Getting There: Tahoe Rim Trail trailhead is located at the Mt. Rose Summit Welcome Plaza on State Route 431 (17 miles west of U.S. 395).
Jones-Whites Creek Loop Trail
This hike up to the flanks of Mt. Rose in the Carson Range offers a trail through Jeffrey Pines, mountain mahogany and an 8,000-foot ridge overlooking meadows and valleys.
Distance: 9.2-mile loop through Mt. Rose Wilderness
Elevation: 6,200' to 8,300'
Getting There: Drive eight miles south of Reno on U.S. 395. Turn west on State Route 431 and continue eight miles west to Galena Creek Regional Park. Trailhead is at the north picnic area. Alternatively, turn north on Timberline Rd. four miles up State route 431 from U.S. 395. Continue north one mile to Whites Creek Canyon. Turn west and travel 0.7 miles to the trailhead. The Whites Creek Canyon Trail connects to the Jones-Whites Creek Trail from there.
Whites & Thomas Creek Canyons
Trails available in two canyons, including the Dry Pond Trail. Both canyon trails access the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Two new trails and trailheads were constructed at Whites and Thomas Creek Canyons. The new Dry Pond Trail connects the two canyons and provides outstanding views of Reno, Washoe Valley and Mt. Rose. Hikers flock to Thomas Creek where they find a rolling stream slicing through a scenic, aspen-filled canyon. The autumn colors are magnificent. In the spring, the meadow is carpeted with wildflowers.
Distance: Eight miles of trails available in two canyons
Elevation: 7,400' to 9,800'
Getting There: From U.S. 395 south of Reno, take State Route 431 for four miles to Timberline Rd. Turn right on Timberline Rd. To access the Whites Creek Canyon trailhead, travel about one mile into the Canyon, turn west and continue for 0.7 miles. To access the Thomas Creek Canyon trailhead, continue on Timberline Rd. another half mile.
The trail parallels the Hunter Creek Canyon. Hikers will find a number of rewards, including evidence of Nevada's hard-working beaver population.
Distance: 7 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 5,000' to 6,000'
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Getting There: From Reno, head west on I-80 to the West McCarran exit. Head west on Mayberry Drive to Plateau Rd., which will go up the hill to the south. Turn right on Woodchuck Cir., to the county trailhead.
Horseback riders will find about 20 miles of designated trails winding through the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Overnight camping is allowed.
Thomas Creek: From Reno, take U.S. 395 south then turn west on State Route 431 for 4 miles to Timberline Rd. Turn right on Timberline Rd. to access the Thomas Creek Canyon trailhead.
Galena Creek: From Reno, take U.S. 395 south then turn west on State Route 431 for 8 miles. Galena Creek Regional Park trailhead is at the north picnic area.
Skiing, Boarding & Snowshoeing
Proximity to a downhill resort doesn't diminish the fact that this mountain offers both solace and scenic backcountry trails. The Mt. Rose Wilderness has meandering meadows challenging steeps and numerous chutes and basins.
Getting There: Follow State Route 431 (Mt. Rose Hwy.)
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