▲Tremendous panoramic views
▲ Highest point on the TRT
Between Brockway and Tahoe Meadows, the TRT winds through thick forests, open meadows, and across the feet of ancient volcanoes. In springtime fields of yellow mules ears sparkle against the backdrop of Lake Tahoe. This segment is prized for its spectacular windswept vistas of Lake Tahoe, the Sierra and the Carson Range.
The trail climbs away from Brockway for several miles and into the Tahoe National Forests thick and fragrant stands of pine, fir and tobacco brush. It crosses sun-splashed meadows where bright wildflowers are backed by distant lake views. The interior of the segment enters Nevada and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and treks along the volcanic summits and slopes of the Mt. Rose Wilderness and includes the highest point on the TRT, 10,338' Relay Peak. Long ridge traverses afford horizon-spanning, nearly continues views south across the entire Tahoe Basin and northwest over the Sierra to Mt. Lassen and beyond.
As the route leaves the Wilderness, crossing a saddle where the views change from the west to the east, a 0.7 mi spur trail ascends to the summit of 10,490' Mt Houghton, offering expansive views in all directions. Continuing on the trail, towering pines reappear to shelter the trail along its gentle descent into Tahoe Meadows. Descending to the base of a 130' waterfall, the highest on the trail, hikers pass the junction of the trail to the top of Mt Rose, then continue to the Mt.Rose Welcome Plaza.
The trail from Brockway (7,000') to Mt. Rose Summit Welcome Plaza (8,990') is generally narrow and sandy, with some rocky sections and occasional scree slopes near Rose Knob. Most of the trail maintains a 10% or less grade, but there are steeper sections.