Current Protection

Designated Wilderness

Management Agency

U.S. Forest Service

Year Protected


Total Area

31,310 Acres

The Mount Rose Wilderness was designed by the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989. Friends of Nevada Wilderness played an integral role in protecting Mount Rose by helping coalesce and focus the campaign for the Nevada’s first wilderness bill. The Mount Rose Wilderness was created to provide outstanding opportunities for wilderness recreation within walking distance or a short drive of Northern Nevada’s urban centers. For more on the conservation history of Mount Rose, see the Additional Resources Tab on the left side of this page. Mount Rose is the traditional home of the Washoe Tribe who have been living on and with these lands for over 400 generations.

The Mount Rose Wilderness is divided into two units by the Hunter Lake OHV route. The northern portion is comprised of 5,860 acres consisting of the beautiful Hunter Creek Canyon complex. The southern portion, at 25,450 acres, features the towering Mount Rose as well as the tallest ridgelines and deepest canyons of the Nevada portion of Carson Range. Friends of Nevada Wilderness works closely with the Forest Service to take care of this beautiful Wilderness. Our on-going stewardship projects include: monitoring the Wilderness and its trail system for use and impacts, invasive weed removal projects in the northern end of the Wilderness adjacent to urban Reno, and the Doggy Ambassador and Leave No Trace outreach at the Mount Rose Trailhead to ensure the Wilderness remains wild for others to enjoy.


This Wilderness protects a unique 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 high barren alpine summits, to expansive forest, wildflower-filled mountain meadows, to lush canyon bottoms. The rugged terrain of the Mountain Rose Wilderness includes nearly 5,800 feet of elevation relief from the mouth of Hunter Creek in west Reno to the 10,776-foot summit of Mount Rose itself.

Agency Information

Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service

Local District: Carson Ranger District

Address: 1536 South Carson St, Carson City, NV, 89701

Phone: (775) 882-2766