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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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - Located on the western border of Nevada, The Mt. Rose Wilderness can be accessed from Carson City via Highway 395.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Churchs Pond is very small now. Very nice for the solitude.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: TO rough of terrain

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Contact Information:
Carson Ranger District, 1536 South Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701, Phone: 702-882-2766

Additional Information:
Carson Ranger District - The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest extends along the eastern front of the the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the Nevada/California border in a strip about 15 miles wide and 96 miles long.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit - Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe's beautiful, sapphire-blue waters straddle the California-Nevada state line. The lake's elevation averages 6,225 ft, and surrounding peaks reach heights of up to 10,880 ft.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - Official U.S. Forest Service website


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