Mount Rose


Day Hike - Mount Rose

A challenging hike, we will keep a steady pace of 1 mph on the up and 1.5 on the down. This gains about a thousand feet each mile. Plan to snack at horse camp before the last stretch to the top.

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,500 ft

First meeting spot is at Haggens in West Olympia on the Eastern side of the parking lot (near McDonalds ) at 7am.  Second meeting place will be trail head at 8am. Port a potty at trail head, restrooms in Hoodsport. Be prepared for all weather, light rain possible after 10 am. Bring 10 essentials, no cotton, hiking poles, enough water, gaiters or rain gear. Dress in layers and plan for gear adjustments. Observe leave no trace, we will not feed the jays at the top. Plan to stay together and get plenty of rest the night before. It is roughly 2 miles to horse camp (about 50 switch backs ) and another 1 to summit with scrambly parts toward the top. We will hike the loop clockwise. 

I am very excited to lead this hike, bring plenty of water as this is a dry trail. I do not think we will need micro spikes, feel free to bring them.  

Plan on contacting each other for carpool and standard Mountaineer donation to drivers is appreciated. We do not need parking permits at the trail head. 

Must have current waiver. 

Ice Creme post hike may be possible in Hoodsport.


  Be prepared to hike at a thigh burning 1-1.5 miles per hour.  E mail me if you have any concerns. I highly recommend hiking poles and sturdy water resistant boots for this trail with blister proof socks.  



Mount Rose

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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