Mount Rose Wilderness

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Mt. Rose is a newly established wilderness area northeast of Lake Tahoe in the state of Nevada. Access to this scenic area can be obtained from the Mt. Rose Highway (Hwy. 431). A wilderness permit is not required at this time. A campfire permit is required. For more information call Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District at (775) 882-2766.

How to Reach Trailheads:

There are four trails recognized within the Mt. Rose Wilderness. The only trail in the northern portion of the wilderness is the Hunter Creek Trail. Access to this trailhead is under negotiation so please call the Carson District Office for current instructions, (775) 882-2766.
To reach the Thomas Creek Trail you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Take Timberline Road off the Mt. Rose Highway (State Route 431). After traveling 1.1 miles the road will cross a bridge and go in three directions - you want the road farthest to the right. Follow this road 3.7 miles to the trailhead.
The Jones Creek/Whites Creek Loop Trail has two trailheads. The easiest to access is in the north picnic area of Galena Creek Park. Galena Creek Park is located on State Route 431 and Highway 395. The other trailhead is located in Whites Canyon. Go 9/10 of a mile up Timberline Road off the Mt. Rose Highway (State Route 431). Just before you cross the first bridge you will see a break in the fence on the left side of the road. There will be signs on the fence post indicating that forest lies beyond the fence. You will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle with high clearance to travel this road. The trailhead is at the top of this road.
The most popular trail in the Mt. Rose Wilderness is the Mt Rose Trail. This trailhead is located on State Route 431 approximately 1/8 mile west of the Mt. Rose Campground turnoff. This trail ends at the top of Mt. Rose at an elevation of 10,774 feet.
The Ophir Creek Trail is in the area but not in the wilderness. One of its two trailheads is located at the west end of Tahoe Meadows off Highway 431 about a mile west of the Mt. Rose Campground turn off. Look for private property signs on the west side of the road next to a dirt driveway. The trail starts across the road from here. There is some limited parking on the south side of the highway. The other trailhead is located in Davis Creek Park. Approximately 17 miles south of Reno on Highway 395. Take the old 395 turnoff and follow the signs to Davis Creek Park.


Mount Rose Wilderness
Toiyabe National Forest
Carson Ranger District
(775) 882-2766


How to Get to Trails
Access to the Mt. Rose Wilderness is via the Mt Rose Trail (6 mi) located off of S.R. 431 near the summit. Jones/Whites Creek Trail (8 mi loop) trailhead is located at the north entrance to Galena Creek Park. Thomas Creek Trail (3 mi) is located at the end of Thomas Creek Road. Hunter Creek Trail (2 mi) trailhead is located in Caughlin Ranch Estates in Reno. The Mt. Rose Trail is the most traveled trail in the Mt. Rose Wilderness, receiving use of over 100 visitors per day and over 200 visitors per day on a weekend. For a more primitive wilderness experience, venture off on the Thomas Creek Trail.
About the Mt. Rose Wilderness
The Wilderness is a slice of wild country nestled between the two urban environments of Reno and Lake Tahoe and contains most of the high country of the Carson Range between Highways I-80 and SR 431. The wilderness is truly an "urban" wilderness with portions of its boundary running almost to the Reno city limits. Trails in the wilderness range from easy to difficult.
Special Note about Wilderness

* Campfire permits are required for all campfires and cookstoves.
* Camp 100 feet or more away from lakes or streams
* Motorized vehicles and equipment are prohibited.
* Mechanized equipment is prohibited. This includes bicycles, deer carts, and strollers.
* Many trails cross privately owned land. Please respect the rights and privacy of the landowners.
* When planning a trip into the wilderness, contact the Carson Ranger District for more information concerning low impact camping.

Many thanks to Karel Todd for her research!
Text courtesy of the US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service.

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