Ascent of Mount Rose on 2014-09-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, September 20, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||10776 ft / 3284 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFor the first mile, the trail is nice. It winds up the side of the hill through trees, then levels out into a meadow where you cross a dry creek and it becomes a mile of scrambling. That mile covers about 1,500 feet of vertical and is sandy and rocky. It's a tough mile. When you reach the top of that scramble, you're staring right at Mount Rose and there is a trail up the ridge. It also fizzles out over some rocks, but picks up a couple of times until you reach the summit, which is about 3/4 of a mile from the resting point. It gets windy up there, but the views are great. The views the whole way up the side of the mountain are pretty good, too. But it is always better to be looking at Lake Tahoe.
It was smoky on my trip from the King Fire near Pollock Pines. That fire was getting close to the southwest side of Tahoe and you could see where the majority of it was. This climb took me above the smoke and it looked pretty cool hanging in the valleys below. I saw a couple different groups of people at the top who had all come up using the main trail. I didn't see anyone else on the route I used. The way down was also pretty tough. I found my footprints a few times, but was definitely off track at the beginning of the descent. My legs were worn out due to the intense climb up, but I cruised back in an hour and a half, which was an hour quicker than the up route.
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