Location: Mt. Rose Wilderness – Lake Tahoe, NV
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Elevation Change: 2,000′ – from 7,600′ to 9,600′
Recomended Map: Mt. Rose, Nevada
Map of General Route:
Rose Knob Jr. is a quick ski tour for north shore locals who know you don’t need to drive far for amazing backcountry skiing. The views from Rose Knob Peak are among the best you’ll find anywhere in the Lake Tahoe Basin. There is usually a skin track right up the Southeast Ridge, and getting first tracks isn’t likely being so close to town. The day just feels right however. The idea of no state income taxes or parking hassles on the Nevada side, and added value of a T’s Burritos stop in Incline, makes for a relaxing day on “The Knob”. Mt. Rose Knob Peak is different from Rose Knob. (see topo map). Tracks are rare on neighboring Rose Knob, and the easy terrain beneath it looks equally fun to ski. Finding your car can get tricky if you don’t ski to your skin track down low. You never see the parking area along the descent, which is at the top of the neighborhood.
Coming from Hwy 28 and Lake Tahoe, drive up Hwy 431 (Mt. Rose Highway) for a mile or so. Take a left on Fay or Marlette, and follow Jennifer Street to the dead end. You can see the summit of Mt. Rose Knob Peak from you car. Stay out of the drainage, and skin through the trees to the Southeast Ridge. There is good powder skiing in the east facing trees from mid-mountain. If you go beyond this point, you will want to climb to the summit for your next opportunity for good skiing. The drainage does not make for good skiing. Going to the top is highly recommended for the views. The bowl is about 35 degrees. Perfect for a huge avalanche. Obviously there was one at some point taking the trees away. I’ve never seen signs of an avalanche in the bowl however, and people seem to trust it soon after new snowfall.
Ski crampons are a good idea or certainly a backpack that can hold your skis, as the upper mountain is usually wind hardened along the ridge you are ascending.