I've lived in Reno almost a year now and still haven't made it up Mt Rose. Plans just always seem to fall through, and with winter quickly approaching I decided Friday would be my day. I got hung up on seeing sunrise, I'd heard the trail was pretty much all open views. So 5 am dawned and I started to get ready, the summit looked socked in but the weather said just clouds so I decided to trust my luck and headed up Mt Rose Highway.
It started out clear, and as the road snaked up the mountain the way was increasingly shrouded in fog, and then after the first turnoff for Mt Rose Ski Resort the snow started. I crawled the last few minutes up to the summit parking lot and alone in the predawn snow I cursed my stubbornness. Well I had made it this far right? My biggest fear wasn't hiking the snow, rather it was that the snow would get worse and my car would be stuck on the summit, the trials of driving a 100% nonsnow worthy car in snow country...
The trail was easy to find and within minutes I was making fresh tracks and walking along in a giant white haze of freshly falling snow.
|not surprisingly frozen fingers make for blurry photos|
|pretty much all I saw the first few miles was hazy white|
|entering Mt Rose Wilderness|
|only about a mile to the top from here!|
|and finally some real views|
|so excited to see the sun I took about 30 pictures directly staring at the silly thing|
|As I climbed I finally got a glimpse to the west|
|absolutely everything was covered in white|
|view from the final ridgeline|
|the top, view and all!|
|wind shelter on top|
|a meadow I hadn't been able to see on my way up|
|Galena Falls is much prettier in sunlight|
|The best part of heading down, maybe 5% of the trail was not solid ice!|