I've hike to the Mt. Rose Summit many times and it is probably one of the easier "peak bagging" hikes at a higher altitude...10,766 feet and about 10.5 miles round trip with only about a 1,900 foot elevation gain. Reno temperatures were suppose hit the high 90's, but the trail starts at about the 8,900 foot level so it is much cooler. Its always windy on the peak, so I figured there would be no worries about being too hot and made sure I put my windbreaker in my day pack.
Sandi, my hiking partner, and I arrived at the parking lot at the trail head about 9:00. I guess a lot of hikers decided to get out of the heat and hit the higher elevations because I have never seen so many cars at that time of the morning. It is a popular hike.
The hike follows part of the Tahoe Rim Trail for about the first 2.5 miles, so it's a well groomed trail and very easy. The first real view point is of Galena Falls, which usually has water in it all summer. It's a popular turn around point and the Rim Trail continues to the south at this point to Raley Peak, but we take the Mt Rose trail for another 2.5 miles or so. The climbing begins here, and a climb it is because it is all up.
Well, I can see after hiking to Mt Rose I need a few more conditioning hikes before I put on my backpack and head out to the PCT.