Mount Rose Trail

HARD 41 reviews
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Mount Rose Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lilliwaup, WA that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

5.7 miles 3415 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

From Hoodsport, west 9 miles on Lake Cushman Road to Forest Service Road 24. Turn left and drive 3 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the road.

hiking
20 days ago

Definitely a hard hike. The quick elevation gain is evident. We hit two yellow jacket or hornet ground nests. We both got stung a couple times. We took the path to the left. One nest was right past the small log bridge and another as you get closer to the top. It was a nice day but we were clouded in at the summit. Sad we didn't get to see the view. May have to do it again, when the yellow jackets are gone!

21 days ago

Mount Rose was in my opinion more challenging than Mount Ellinor because the hike is a steady climb up while the scenery stays the same. You are surrounded by trees the entire time until you hit the top. While Mt Ellinor you get a few different changes in scenery.
As we were hiking up we had a few people tell us to take a right at the loop because there was a huge swarm of bees to the left but then another person told us either way there are big swarms of bees but going right you will get a better chance of making it to the top but that we will hear them as we approach the top.. And sure enough we were right there where the trees start to clear out and we heard the swarm (it was pretty impressive how loud it was)..and a few bees were already coming towards us so we turned around and headed back down. We were disappointed that we didn't get to see the views but had a good time conquering the hike up because it wasn't easy! All in all I would try hiking it again just to get a peak at the views!

26 days ago

Strenuous; forested all the way up but beautiful views of Lake Cushman and beyond from the top. Don't miss Mt. Raneir in the distance on your far left!

hiking
2 months ago

very very difficult trail.
we made it to just pass the start of the loop and ended up turning around.
there are quite a few good views from mid way points but everyone who made it to the top said it was way better than any other view along the trail.

mentally and physically prepare yourself for this hike. it starts off on a steady incline that doesnt look to bad but its constant and just gets steeper along the way. also bring bug spray!

2 months ago

Great my wife and I climbed Mt. Rose a few years ago. There is a fork in the trail where you can go to the summit or s loop back down we chose right! We found ourselves scaling a mountain. At some point we ran out of water, we found a spring and filled up. We felt the burn in our legs about half way up we pressed on! Once we reached the summit the views were breath taking! A #mostxlant challenge!

2 months ago

Fabulous!!! One of the best so far, challenging but perfect; once on top, it is almost just you in the mountain. Not a frequented trail. If you have fragile feet, bring band aids or soft socks, hiking boots definitively recommended.

2 months ago

6/29/2016: This trail was the steepest I've done in the PNW after being here two months. I have climbed mailbox peak, Granite Mountain, and Silver Peak… All took longer, but were not as steep.

This hike in my opinion is definitely a conditioner, is not a scenic...And sadly, there was heavy fog today which started lifting as I was nearing completion

My opinion may be biased and partial to the Snoqualmie area because I absolutely love being up top of those peaks… Although the fog really hindered my opinion at the top of Mount Rose. Going to try some others in the Olympic Park area… but this will not be one that I repeat

Trail conditions were fine, no snow, there were signs posted at the trailhead regarding a fire 10 years ago, but I saw a little debris affecting the use of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

this trail is not for the faint of hearted. it starts off decent but almost instantly takes you up as you begin to climb with countless switchbacks going ever higher. I did a night hike, started around 1 am and got back to base around 730. We ended up spending some time at the top because of the views.

hiking
5 months ago

4/23/16 - What an incredibly fulfilling hike. Great views along the way. I would rate it about 3.5 out of 5 stars in regards to difficulty. This hike does not rival the Mailbox peak old trail; however, it is a great work out. If you are not conditioned or are a beginner, you may struggle.

The snow is mostly gone. Any snow left you can easily follow previous footsteps or pay attention to trail markers without getting lost.

Again, great hike with great scenery. I'm definitely adding this to my top five favorites.

5 months ago

This was a good hike with a great climb. I didn't make it to the top due to having some beginners but it was awesome views and a nice fall/creek.

5 months ago

Fun hike! great views and a very challenging workout. did this hike on 04/16/2016. there is still snow for about 1/4 of the hike. easily navigated without cramp-ons or spikes, although I did fall on my butt a couple times. The hike is nearly as challenging as Mailbox peak so be prepared to work!

hiking
5 months ago

please check the 'Mount Rose Trail' if you want to hike here, this trail report has bad GPS navigation info. if you follow it, you wont end up at the trail. just search for Mount Rose Trail and not mt rose trail. It is a great hike though!!

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked today. Be prepared to be going uphill at about a 60 degree angle the whole time. Couldn't do the summit loop completely because we didn't wear proper shoes or have poles. Awesome hike though!! Gonna come back with my gear!

8 months ago

So if you follow this to the trailhead, it will lead you too some person's gated off house. But if you keep traveling on NFD 24, eventually after many potholes you'll get to where that road intersects with Cushman Lake road, keep going straight, don't turn left onto Cushman. About a mile or so up that road (you'll know because the lake will be off to your left) is where the real trailhead is. Also if you are using this database for directions just use the other Mt Rose trail map to get to the mountain. Needless to say, we spent the day climbing around the mountain blazing our own trail because we couldn't find the trailhead. It was tons of fun. I'm sure the mountain trail is amazing once you find it haha

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite trails because it is accessible year round. In winter snowshoes/Microspikes may be needed. I hiked this October 22, 2015. It was a beautiful summer like day.

hiking
1 year ago

If you like switchback this is the trail for you!

hiking
1 year ago

Did this hike with my bf yesterday. Saw this trail was pretty close to our house, and sadly that was about the only research we did. It is all up hill. The hike we found was not too hard until we passed where the loop meets up. From there the trail was very steep with lots of loose rocks. But once we got to the top, we realized all our hard work was worth it. Beware; downhill is not such a breeze either. Very steep going down. Wish we had a pole, would have made a world of a difference.

hiking
1 year ago

This trail is extremely HARD! It is a straight up trail, straight down also. Make sure you go on a really clear day so the hike will be worth it. I wasn't able to see anything as the top was in the clouds :( it does have some pretty views of the lake half way up. The miles however are not right! It's was 8.92 miles from bottom to top and back. I didn't do the loop around rim.

hiking
1 year ago

Almost all up hill... Hard hike and great views a the end!

1 year ago

Definitely a demanding grade... the worst being the way down on the knees... bring hiking sticks if you have them. Agree completely with other reviews-not for a leisurely stroll. first couple miles are steep switchbacks with a view of Lake Cushman. Once you reach the summit loop, I recommend going left to see the spectacular views soonest. I saw no goats, but a ton of flowers (last week of May) and hawks at the top.