Ascent of Mount Rose on 2008-11-20

Climber: Terry Wheeler

Others in Party:J. Mlynarek
Date:Thursday, November 20, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rose
    Elevation:10776 ft / 3284 m

Ascent Trip Report

A high trailhead (about 9000') makes this a pretty easy hike for a 10,000 footer. The trail from the Mt Rose summit parking area is also easy (with good grades and solid footing) and fairly obvious, as long as there is not a lot of fresh, unbroken snow on the ground. When we did the hike in late November there was a well-packed base of snow a few inches deep on the ground in the forest, especially in shaded spots. Once we got above treeline the snow was only in scattered patches on the trail to the summit; the rest was bare rock. The wind was vicious above treeline, probably gusting to 60-70 mph - at 50 mph we can still make forward progress as long as two poles and one foot are planted most of the time, but this time we had to take several "wind-breaks" just hugging the ground waiting for the gusts to subside. Fortunately, we had a tiny lull at the summit itself so we could take a minute or two to check out the view out over Lake Tahoe and the rest of the ranges. The trip down was much the same - gale force until we got back into the trees. We had originally planned to go north along the ridge to Mt. Church but we'd had enough of the wind with Rose.

Lots of bang for the buck for this hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1826 ft / 556 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1826 ft / 556 m
    Route:Mt Rose Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mt Rose Summit  8950 ft / 2727 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Mt Rose Trail
    End Trailhead:Mt Rose Summit  

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