Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.

Mt. Rose from the Reno side - Photos from Lake Tahoe side are below

Lake Tahoe side start

Hover cursor over segment slices (below) for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

Mt. Rose from the Lake Tahoe/Incline Village side

Reno side start


Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Mt. Rose (East left, west right) RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Cycling and Climbing Nevada

Mt. Rose 

From the East (Reno) and the West (Incline Village)


                                                               Reno Side       Lake Tahoe Side

  • Distance:                                15.5 miles                 8.1                          

  • Beginning elevation:            4,578'                         6,443'

  • Ending elevation:                  8,919'                        8,919'

  • Elevation gained:                 4,387'                         2,486'

  • Average Grade:                    5.4%                           5.7%

  • Fiets Index:                           8.72                             6.15
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Hwy 395 and Hwy 431 (Mt. Rose Hwy), 8 miles south of Reno International Airport (39.4027, -119.74638 latitude/longitude).

Ride Description

Mount Rose from East/Reno: The first 7 miles of this climb are along a busy highway with uninspiring views. However, as we climb up the mountain towards the summit, the views of Mt. Rose in front (westward), the Reno plain to the east and alpine forest surrounding us from about 7,000' are much improved. Most of the climb is mild, in the 4-7% range, although miles 11-13 average 9% grade. Cycling Tip: Start your climb at mile 7 (Galena Creek Visitor Center) and skip the worst part of Mt. Rose Highway.

Roadway-Traffic Report: The roadway surface is excellent. However, due to the heavy and fast moving traffic (see YouTube video) we do not recommend this climb.

Mt. Rose from Lake Tahoe/Incline Village: The climb from Lake Tahoe from the west is more scenic with less traffic (map from Lake Tahoe side). Photos at bottom of page.