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Mt. Rose Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Mt. Rose Wilderness
Peter Druschke


The United States Congress designated the Mt. Rose Wilderness (map) in 1989 and it now has a total of 31,197 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Forest Service.


Nestled between Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, the 32,000 acre Mt. Rose Wilderness encompasses most of the high country of the Carson Range. The Hunter Lake jeep road splits the area into two distinct sections: the 7,000-acre northern section and the 25,000-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 one of Nevada's most heavily used Wilderness. But portions of the interior hide small meadows and remote lakes seldom seen by humans.

Planning to Visit the Mt. Rose Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Mt. Rose Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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