Mount Rose Summit is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 8,911ft (2.716m) above the sea level, located in the Carson Range, in Nevada, USA.
The pass is traversed by the State Route 431 (SR 431), known as Mount Rose Highway or the Mt. Rose Scenic Drive. The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s a paved, twenty-five mile (39.3 km) long scenic drive between Reno and Lake Tahoe.
Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. Despite the high elevation of the drive, the Mt. Rose Scenic Drive is open year-round. The Mt. Rose Summit is the highest elevation Sierra pass that is open year-round – not an easy feat since Mt. Rose Summit receives up to 400 inches of snow during the winter!
A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The east and west approach to the summit feature hairpin curves. The Mount Rose Summit Parking Area rests at an elevation of 8,911'. The drive is often very busy during the summer, especially on the weekends.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! Travelers on the route will have excellent views of Washoe Valley, Washoe Lake, the Lake Tahoe Basin and the high peaks of the Sierras. Anyone taking this route in the winter should be aware that during and immediately after winter storms, the road likely will be closed to allow for snow removal operations and, just as importantly, avalanche control. Snow tires and/or snow chains are also frequently required for winter travel, too.