Mt. Rose, Olympic National Forest Trip Report
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October 31, 2003
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Driving Directions: Travel Highway 101 to Hoodsport. Turn onto State Route 119 and travel 9.0 miles to the junction with F.S. Road #24. Turn left and drive approximately 3.0 miles
Trail Notes: I have set out a couple times on this hike and never made it to the top. I wasn't prepared for the snow. We'll I decided to do it again and am happy to report that I made it 'all the way to the top'. The Mt Rose trail is pretty steep definitely in the Granite Mountain category. This trail gives you an early indication of the steepness of the overall trail. And just about each switch back banister counts the switchbacks to the bottom. I didn't notice these marks until I was on my way down.
One thing to keep in mind if contemplating this hike is that like Mt. Si there are no views until the top. So if you get going make sure you make it to the top!!
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Reviewed By: Anonymous on Thursday, August 2, 2007 @ 05:37:47 PM
Good smoker of a hike, especially if you try going fast. It's steep right out of the parking lot and is consistent and relentless the whole way. At the split in the trail it actually gets steeper and stays consistent again until the top. Once it's under snow, it's a bit discouraging and very easy to lose the trail. Generally you can follow boot-prints and, if you just keep going up, you'll get there eventually. We did this whole trail in 3.5 hours roundtrip with much fumbling in the snow trying to find the trail again near the top, which certainly slowed us down a lot. The views aren't that great going up, but very nice view into Olympic Park and over Lake Cushman from the top. If you want a good workout, this is a nice day trip.
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