Cycling Mt. Rose
Summit is at the bottom center of photo.
The summit is the highest pass open year round in California and is on busy State Highway 431 which connnects Reno and Lake Tahoe (Inclinde Village).
CYCLING MT. ROSE FROM THE WEST
Climbing Mt. Rose from Incline Village is not quite, but close to, as harrowing from the east. This is a busy roadway and traffic whizzes by at 60+ mph. We suggest you do this climb on an early weekend morning.
Start the climb at the Roundabout at Hwy 431 near Incline Village.
Summit middle photo.
Mt. Rose West to the left and East to the right.
CYCLING MT. ROSE FROM THE EAST
The first 7 miles of this climb are along a busy highway with uninspiring views. However, as we climb up the mountain towards the summit, the views of Mt. Rose in front (westward), the Reno plain to the east and alpine forest surrounding us from about 7,000' are much improved. Most of the climb is mild, in the 4-7% range, although miles 11-13 average 9% grade. Cycling Tip: Start your climb at mile 7 (Galena Creek Visitor Center) and skip the worst part of Mt. Rose Highway.
Last couple miles are at center of photo.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 17.4 (8.1%); steepest mile begins at mile 15.6 (7%)
Roadway-Traffic Report: The roadway surface is excellent. However, due to the heavy and fast moving traffic (see YouTube video) we do not recommend this climb. An alternate and much better route is to begin 9 miles up the road at the Galena Creek Visitor Center (Map)
Mt. Rose from Lake Tahoe/Incline Village: The climb from Lake Tahoe from the west is more scenic with less traffic (map from Lake Tahoe side). Photos at bottom of page.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 2.6 (8.2%); steepest mile begins at mile 3.9 (7%)