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By many accounts, Mount Rose is the top intermediate backcountry ski destination in Tahoe. I have a guidebook called "50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California - Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney", by Paul Richins. I will speed-type what Richins has to say, w/o checking for accuracy. I have not skied MR. Anyone who has: please cut-n-paste this information into a real "route".

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Even though Mount Rose is on the Claifonria border just within the state of Nevada, this summit is too good to overlook. Mount Rose and the many nearby summits have been a favorfite of skiers for many years. This area offers excellent snow conditions, a variety of terrain, and a choice of numerous secondary peaks.



From either Reno, Nevada, or Incline Village, CA, take the Mount Rosxe Highway (431) to the Mount Rose sSki Area. Park at the Mount Rose parking arae or just west of the resort on 431.



From the parking area (8300') ski west, dropping gradually to cross the creek that drains from Tamarack Lake and then Galena Creek near 8100'. COntinue west up the right side of Galena Creek to around 8800'. Turn northwest up a side tributary to Galena Creek, and ascend the creek to the saddle between Mount Houghton and Mount Rose at the 9731' level . Follow the SW ridge to the summit of MR>



From the top of MR, descend the SW ridge or the S face into the Galena Creek vfalley. COntinue down the Galena Creek drainage to the major switchback in 431 or ski out to the SKy Tavern Ski Area. Hitch a ride back up the road to your car. Due to the southerly exposure, you should make sure there is ample snow for this trip. Since MR is east of the Sierra Nevada Crest, it receives substantially less snow.



An eassier, more genlte approach, more suited for the intermediate skier, starts jsut west of Mount Rose Passs on 431. SKi up the unplowed road that intersects the highway at 8840'; this will take you up a beaautiful valley in Third Creek (9400') . From here the route steepens. To your left, due west, you shold see an old tramway and radio tower; turn north at this point, then traverse NE into Galena Creek, joining the first route and continuing to the saddle at 9731'. This alernate route adds about 2 miles to your approach, but it is worth the effort, for its varied terrain provides additional ski options. Theis approach takes you by Mount Houghton (10450') and Relay Peak (10338'), both of which have excellent ski descent routes.
Posted Nov 17, 2001 1:05 am

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