Mount Rose from East/Reno: 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.
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%)