Explore the most popular birding trails in Mount Rose Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

My cousin and I went on this trail a couple of months back. We drove our car maybe a mile when we realized that there was no trailhead(Only reason for not giving it 5 stars. Need more markers). The climb was steep so I'd definitely rate it hard but the views were beautiful. It took us about 4.5 hours to complete the hike stops and all.

8 days ago

Beautiful views! Bit of an incline at the beginning, but the trail levels out. My feet were feeling the hike at the end. The waterfall was lovely.

8 days ago

A lovely hike through meadows and forest. Mostly level — calling it “moderate” seems a little strong.

hiking
12 days ago

Great views; easy hike

15 days ago

my pup and i did this hike, definitely not easy but so worth the views at the top. no trail head but reviews before helped in getting there. the one thing i missed was at the top before the peak, theres stacked rocks on your right side that shows the trail to the peak. i missed it and had to back track. was to busy admiring the views i had. the hike for sure gives you a work out, but can't say enough how worth it for the view.

hiking
19 days ago

Look out for Bikers.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike about 4 hours total. There is no trailhead. You hike along a water tank access road and pick up the trail from there. There are some steep inclines with loose ground so wear shoes with grip. Bring plenty of water. About a third of the way up, there is a beautiful ridge/meadow ride that to the peak.

hiking
21 days ago

Great views, moderate traffic but still enjoyed it. The waterfall at the end was great. Definitely enjoyed the afternoon and would go again. Took a couple hours but wasn’t in a rush, lots of spots for pics!

hiking
26 days ago

Loved this trail easy enough to get a nice 10 mile jog/hike: beautiful views.

This is a beautiful hike, though the trail to the top of the peak is very easy to miss...we did! We hiked around mid morning and there were a lot of dogs on the trail. Many were unleashed.

Great views, beautiful fall foliage. Either we missed the lake or it was heavily overgrown. Tough uphill gradient on the way back from the lake.

Happy to have done it, but don’t need to do twice: there are plenty of other trails in the immediate area to explore!

hiking
1 month ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike which I would strongly recommend doing just before sunrise so you can really enjoy the spectacular views. Takes about an hour to get up and has a decent amount of vertical. This trail is not very well defined so make sure you’re keeping an eye on your GPS. You’re basically following the ridge up to the peak. You’ll know when you’re there

1 month ago

hiked out of whites creek parking area..spectacular!! two deer were right at the top of the lookout of galena! Saw the occasional hiker...Whites creek seemed to be full. Have done this hike several times...But first since 16

Kept going to the Mt Rose Summit, but the views at Galena falls were nice.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I made it to the top on 9/14/18. Very inexperienced hikers but made it up and down in 3 1/2 hours. A few stops on the way up we’re needed, but it gave us a chance to take in the beautiful views. Windy on top of the peak, but the views made it 100% worth the work. Mt Tallac will be the target next trip out!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with a nice reward at the end (the falls) absolutely beautiful views in a few different spots, plenty of shade on warmer days and a fairly easy hike for kids too. My 10yr old had no issues and even my 2 1/2 yr old walked about half of it.

2 months ago

Great hike!! Steep but well worth the views!

2 months ago

Steep and soft dirt in the first half. Flattens out when you see the peak. Easy climb to the top. Worth hiking.

2 months ago

View is to die for, and if the climb up doesn’t kill you the climb down might

hiking
2 months ago

The trail head is 8911 feet, so keep that in mind. Very nice, well maintained trail, views of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Great view of towering Mt Rose.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice moderate trail with decent changes in elevation,. Great sights and views on this trail. Quite a few fellow hikers on this trailer, from young children to senior hikers. Well worth the effort if you are in the north Lake Tahoe area.

hiking
2 months ago

While the trail and the lovely waterfall at the end, are nice, there were too many people on the trail to really get in touch with nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Really pretty, too many people though. wish I would have gone earlier in the day, but otherwise the weather and sights were beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

A couple of good views. dry pond is... well... dry. good workout overall.

This was a phenomenal trail!! The first half was fairly steep but it lightens up in the second half. (We also wore nikes so no professionals here! haha) 100% worth the hike to the very top- the view was stunning! We went on 05/27/18 and it was somewhat snowy up top but pretty warm at the peak on the rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I did this yesterday, not knowing about the falls. A delightful little beauty, well situated at the top of the Galena Creek drainage, with lush meadows below. Dragonflies cruising through voluminous spray for mid-August, and the tallest lupine (6’) I’ve ever seen along the creek at the bottom of the falls. The easy east trail from the Mt. Rose trailhead combines some Tahoe views with an amble along contour through high-altitude pines, junipers and mountain hemlocks, with hundreds of Clark’s Nutcrackers chattering about. Twin Mountain Hemlocks about 1/2 mile in sported the largest diameter trunks -by double - I’ve ever seen in that species. Two questions: does anyone know if 1) there is a trail all the way down beside Galena Creek to the County Park (maps do not show one); and 2) there are power lines heading in - is there an old homestead inholding along the creek?

Beautiful morning. Went a little further out. Ready to go on this trail again but earlier to beat all the people

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect loop. Did it clockwise today. Brought the wife and dog along. Goodtimes. A mountain biker was having a bite to eat at dry pond and noticed a decent sized bear about 50 yards away. Walking towards him. He packed up his stuff and jammed down trail towards whites creek. All in all. A beautiful day. A bit smoky but well worth it. The dog had a blast splashing around in the water along the way. Walking through the aspens along the water was probably my favorite part.

hiking
3 months ago

definitely more easy than moderate. the 5 miles really just fly by because the trail is flat and there are lots of things to look at. the waterfall is beautiful! once you reach it, you can continue on to mt rose (another 5 miles total) or turn around and head back. there are a lot of people on the trail, but i wouldn't call it crowded--if you like your solitude i would recommend starting around 7 or 8am; if you like saying hi to people on the trail then start later. there was a nice breeze so we didn't notice the heat even though we got a later start.

Love this trail. Started at 7:00 am. On the way down, there were a lot of other hikers making their way up. Next time it will be up on Mt. Rose.

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