The United States Congress designated the Mt. Rose Wilderness (map
) in 1989 and it now has a total of 31,310 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Nestled between Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, Mount Rose encompasses most of the high country of the Carson Range. The Hunter Lake jeep road splits the area into two distinct sections: the 5,000-acre northern section and the 23,000-acre southern section, which contains 10,776-foot Mount Rose and most of the major canyons and ridges. Due to its proximity to urban centers (the area almost shares a border with Reno), Mount Rose is easily Nevada's most heavily used Wilderness. But portions of the interior hide small meadows and smaller lakes seldom seen by humans.