Mount Rose #814
Nov 29, 2002
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Mount Rose
- Region: Olympics -- East
- Agency: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District
- Trails: Mount Rose (#814)
- Avg Rating: 3.73
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Seattle and the Sound were completely fogged in, but just a little way past Hoodsport, we drove through the fog, and emerged into beautiful sunshine. My friend, and his two dogs planned to do something near Lake Cushman... Mt Ellinor required crampons and ice axes, and Dry Creek had Cougar reports, which weren't good when you had dogs running about. So we decided to do Mt. Rose.
Both of us are in good shape, but this is a killer trail. I didn't have as much trouble climbing as my friend did, but the descent wiped me out. I nearly crawled back to my truck. Three days later and I'm still sore... my quads are killing me.
The view from the top was good, not quite as good as Mt Zion, but it was nice... There's a blowdown on the Summit Trail, which you can go around or under. No water on the trail.... it's in great shape. There's no water on the Summit trail, so bring some for the pooches for at the top. If you come down the Ridge Trail, there was the wildest color of Green in the trees I had ever seen.
And oh... by the way... Ignore the switchback count... there's a lot more than they say there are... and it's all very relentlessly steep. There are NO flat spots anywhere on this trail.