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Mount Rose

22222 Mt. Rose Hwy, Truckee, California 89511
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2 Reviews
Type: Nature & Gardens
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free
Hours of operation: Year round, daily

Hiking trails and undeveloped cross-country ski trails and sledding hills. No restrooms. Roadside parking.

2 Reviews for Mount Rose

March 15 2011
2 families found this helpful
"Free sledding galore!"

So, you're in Tahoe for a long winter weekend, it's Sunday morning and the kids are whining to do something but your wallet is screaming at you to stay at the cabin. What to do? Take them sledding! You can't beat the recreation area at Mt. Rose for a cheap, fun afternoon. There's plenty of street parking (the pull-off area is wide and cars slow down here so it's not so treacherous), there are tons of families around, the air is clean and the hills run the gamut from gentle slopes to steeper passes for older kids. Just take Hwy 431 up from Incline Village, the recreation area is about a 1/2 mile from the summit. With all the families, dogs, and kids running around you can't miss it! There are no bathrooms here and no snack bars or anything, just open space, so make sure the kids pee before you go and bring some juice boxes and granola bars :)

December 23 2010
0 families found this helpful
"Fun with the Family"

Above Incline Village at 10,800 feet, Mount Rose is the highest peak in the area. From the scenic overlook on Highway 431, almost the entire 22-mile-long lake gleams below, rimmed by the Sierras on the west and the Carson Range on the east. Seven miles beyond the lookout point, on the east side of the road, is Tahoe Meadows, a scattering of glorious alpine meadows where you can enjoy cross-country skiing and summertime hiking, easy or strenuous. Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Trail is a wide, 1.3-mile loop designed for those in wheelchairs and baby strollers.
The 12-mile loop hike to the summit of Mount Rose starts on an old jeep road, near the cinder-block building close to the highway on the west side. Even if you can’t make it to the top for the view that awaits, you might want to start up this trail; there is a pond with a frog chorus in residence and wildflowers galore. At the top you’ll see the whole lake basin and the Carson Valley sweeping away into the distance—and even Lassen Peak, in Lassen National Park, on a clear day.
Just beyond Tahoe Meadows, Mount Rose Campground is nice and cool in midsummer and often has tent and RV sites available when campgrounds near the lake are full (775–882–2766). Stop here for fresh water and restrooms. You can walk from the campground to the top of the mountain and the Tahoe Meadows trail system.

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