|Length||5.7 miles round trip|
|+850, -850 round trip|
|Navigation||Road and map|
|Season||December through April|
|Snowmobiles Use||Not permitted on first mile of road and on south side of Highway 431. Low on remainder of road. High on descent down Third Creek. [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]|
|USGS Topo||7.5' series, Mount Rose|
|Start||Highway 431, 7.8 miles northeast of Highway 28 and 0.3 mile southwest of Mt. Rose Summit. A building and snow-covered road are located on the north side of the highway. Parking is limited; as an alternative start the tour at the parking area located 0.4 mile to the west.|
This loop combines an assortment of terrain. It begins along a snow-covered road that offers panoramas to the south. From the saddle that separates Third Creek and Galena Creek you pick your way down the Third Creek drainage until you reach the highway. Finally you climb gently, but steadily, back to the starting point.
Be aware that the once mellow descent down Third Creek is now regularly interrupted by the roar of snowmobiles. Immediately after or during a mid-week storm is therefore the best time to enjoy this tour.
Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 2.4
Elevation change: +550 feet
From the trailhead (1) ski west on the snow-covered road, which gradually turns north up the Third Creek drainage, for a total of 2.4 miles until you reach a saddle (2) and the highest point of the tour. The saddle separates Third Creek from the Galena Creek drainage.
Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 2.4 - 4.0
Elevation change: -850 feet
Descend south along Third Creek for 1.6 miles until you reach a location where the terrain ahead drops only gradually (3).
Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 4.0 - 4.7
Elevation change: Nil
Turn east (left) and traverse 0.7 mile until you reach the highway (4).
Return to trailhead
Miles:4.7 - 5.7
Elevation change: +300 feet
Cross to the southeast side of the highway and then ski northeast and gradually uphill paralleling the highway for 1.0 mile until you reach the trailhead (1).