Mount Rose Wilderness
Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 1989
Act or Law: Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Washoe
Local District: Carson Ranger District
Contact Info: (775) 882-2766
1536 South Carson St Carson City,
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The Mount Rose Wilderness is a slice of wild country nestled between the two urban environments of Reno and Lake Tahoe. It contains most of the high country of the Carson Range between Highways I-80 and 431. The wilderness is composed of the north-south running ridge of the range with numerous canyons in the north, east, and southwest portions of the wilderness.
This wilderness is an ecological transition zone between the Sierra Nevada to the west and the Great Basin to the east, having plants and animals common to both areas. There are about 25 miles of trails within the wilderness. A wide variety of terrain is included in this wilderness, from mountain meadows to lush canyon bottoms. The rugged terrain around Mt. Rose ranges from 6,400 feet along the canyon bottoms to 10,776 feet at the summit.
Open meadow lands, several peaks over 10,000 feet, and ridges affording views as afar as Mt. Shasta (200 miles to the northwest) are found here. Wildlife includes deer, black bears, mountain lions and raptors.
The Mount Rose Wilderness is divided into two units by the Hunter Lake jeep road. The northern portion is the Hunter Creek unit consisting of Hunter Creek Canyon and is 5,000 acres in size. The southern portion is the Mount Rose unit and at 23,000 acres contains most of the major canyons and ridges as well as the 10,776-foot Mount Rose, the dominant feature of the wilderness.
Wildlife: Mountain Beaver, Snowshoe Hare, Gray Jay, Black Bear, Paintbrush Checkerspot, Striped Skunk, Common Raccoon, Hoary Bat, American Marten, Townsend's Solitaire, Pygmy Nuthatch, Orange-crowned Warbler
Skier enjoys proposed additions to Mount Rose Wilderness (c) Brian Beffort
The Mount Rose Wilderness near Reno, Nevada (c) James Sippel