Description - Nestled between Lake Tahoe, California, and Reno, Nevada, Mount Rose encompasses (28,121 acres) most of the high country of the Carson Range. The Hunter Lake jeep road splits the area into two distinct sections: the 5,000-acre northern section includes Hunter Creek Canyon and the two-mile Hunter Creek Trail, while the 23,000-acre southern section contains 10,776-foot Mount Rose and most of the major canyons and ridges. Due to its proximity to urban centers (the area almost shares a border with Reno), Mount Rose is easily the state's most heavily used Wilderness. An estimated 100 hikers per day tramp along the Mount Rose Trail (200 per day on weekends). But portions of the interior hide small meadows and smaller lakes seldom seen by humans. Wander off the three-mile Thomas Creek Trail and you will find hidden camping spots and a more primitive experience.
- The ridge tops and canyons of the Carson Range are within the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Visitors can experience the ecological transition from the Great Basin to the Sierra Nevada. A wide variety of plants and wildlife, ranging from high desert to mountain meadow residents live here. Species include mule deer, black bear, coyote, bobcat, beaver, blue grouse, mountain quail and red-tailed hawk.
Recreation - Overlooking the Reno/Sparks area, Mt. Rose Wilderness provides many opportunities for those seeking adventure. There are also approximately 20 miles of designated trails which wind through the Mt Rose wilderness.
Campfire permits are required. Wilderness permits are not required. Please register at the Mt. Rose trailhead.
Climate - Summers are generally dry and mild, but afternoon thundershowers occur periodically and nighttime temperatures may dip below freezing anytime.
Located on the western border of Nevada, The Mt. Rose Wilderness can be accessed from Carson City via Highway 395.