Mount Rose Trail

HARD 87 reviews
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Mount Rose Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.4 miles
3477 feet

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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.

4 days ago

Great time. Would recommend micro spikes at a minimum. Did it without them today it was rough on the way back down.

6 days ago

The top is such a blast and totally worth the ass kicking! These views will blow your mind, truly stunning and only in Washington. I was sliding down a few feet of snow on my butt at the steepest inclines for fun with other friendly hikers and at the highest peak a friendly gang of birds welcome you awaiting treats, lucky for them I had goodies. These friendly creatures literally land on your hand and indulge. Take this hike 1 step at a time up and down. I’m in very good shape and give this an 8 out of 10 simply because of all the ice in March after about 2000 feet of climbing, you’ll be sliding on your way down a lot so take your time. Keep chugging along because the top is breathtaking.

11 days ago

I have recorded the Mt. Rose loop several times with my gps. It is about 7-1/2 miles round trip.

17 days ago

Trail became snow covered at about 2000 ft. I did not make around the whole loop but it was doable. I was not in shape for it nor did I fuel sufficiently before the start. The trail is closer to about 8mi not 6

1 month ago

A tough hike that gets pretty steep. The trail is well maintained, but becomes covered in snow where the summit loop begins. Some parts have only inches of snow, other parts have feet of snow. I went up the left side of the loop and down the right. Definitely recommend walking poles and spikes, I had neither so it made it difficult to climb. The snow makes for beautiful views while going up and down, worth a winter hike. Hiked 11Feb18

1 month ago

This hike was beautiful, but if your cardio isn't the best. I would suggest an easier hike. But once you get to the top it's phenomenal.

1 month ago

Very Cool! Amazing view at the Summit! We put our snowshoes on at about 2500 feet, the trail is poorly marked towards the top so we followed some tracks. Went up the right side at the loop and back down the same way because the left side was far too treacherous.

2 months ago

Definitely a toughie! The trail to the right is definitely poorly marked as you get to the top, there is snow cover and mid day it was pretty soft. About 8-12 inches at the top . I'd just recommend microspikes and gaiters. Definitely doable and beautiful!

3 months ago

the beginning of the trail is pretty snow free. however, once you start going left on the loop trail the snow gets pretty deep in some places. we were wet passed our knees by the time we reached the top. the view was beautiful. its a steep hike but definitely worth it

6 months ago

amazing hike we climbed it today September/13/2017

6 months ago

Trail was pretty well maintained, gorgeous views from the top! Our groups trackers definitely didn't match up with the "5.7 miles" we averaged about 7.7-8.2 miles depending on type of tracker. But overall a great hike for incline training with nice spots to rest along the way and at the top as needed. Watch out for bees nests! One had fallen in the middle of the trail on our way back down, bees were none too happy about that!

6 months ago

The trail wasn't that hard. Well for me and Stephen anyway, but we exercise as a lifestyle. It was beautiful and the top was rewarding.

7 months ago

This hike is a tough one. This is coming from a hiker who is comfortable typically hiking "moderate" trails. You start at 700 ft elevation and the peak is 4,300 ft., in less than 3 miles. We made it up in 2.5 hours but we were walking pretty quickly. We stay left once you hit the sign for "the loop" and went straight to the peak. Definitely steep the entire way with switchbacks and inclines. You can see Rainier, Adams, and St Helens from the top with stunning views of the Olympics and Lake Cushman. Bring twice the water you think you will need and take little stops to slow down your heart rate on your way up. It's steep on the way down as well, my boyfriend and I each had one pole and that helped going down. He said this was much more difficult and steeper than Elinor. My favorite part about this hike was that we only saw about ten people the whole time on a beautiful Saturday, so it's lightly traveled. Bring snacks or lunch for the top. You'll want to take in the view for a bit and rest!

7 months ago

Excellent trail, light traffic, beautiful scenery both directions.

8 months ago

We hikes this on July 13th. About 1/3 of the way up the trail to the split we seen a cougar who was quick to take off. he was only about 10ft off the trail, above us, on the switch backs. Wish we could of got a picture.

8 months ago

Great trail in the Olympics. I hiked twice, but both times didn't quite finish simply do the the amount of snow towards the top. That was on me and the time of year I chose, nothing against the trail. Neither time had many other people hiking, so definitely a recommend!

11 months ago

Did this hike a couple of weeks ago. Was not prepared for the waist high snow once you get to the loop portion. Made it to the top wearing shorts, not the safest idea, but we made it. Great workout, great view at the top!

11 months ago

Like the rest of the reviews say, the elevation gain is evident. It's still pretty snowy/icy at 3600 feet -- no chance of a summit without micro spikes for at least a couple more weeks. There were quite a few people on the trail for early April.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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!

Monday, July 11, 2016

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!

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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!!

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