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Mount Rose Wilderness
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Year - 2009

Scale - 1:31,680

Topo Lines - Yes

Contour - 80 feet


Mt. Rose Summit, at 10,776 feet, is the tallest of the mountains surrounding the north end of Lake Tahoe. It has stood watch for centuries over the formation of Lake Tahoe by glaciers. Generations of Washo natives migrated back and forth to the lake in the mountains shadow. Gold Rush forty-niners, Comstock loggers, and countless home-steaders passed by this magnificent peak. It is likey that one of these early pioneers gave the summit its name.

Its snowy peak lured Dr. James Edward Church to climb the summit in the winter in 1896. His love of the majestic mountain soon became a scientific fascination with snow. Within decades the University of Nevada professor was anointed with the renowned title of "Father of Snow Survey Science". Church created the world's scientific snow measurement facility on the flanks of Mt. Rose and it continues to be utilized today.

In 1989 the United States Congress added the 31,310 acre Mt. Rose Wilderness to the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness is part of the Carson Mountain Ranger nestled between the Sierra Mountains along the west shore of Lake Tahoe and vast expanses of the Great Basin to the east.
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