Updated on June 7, 2021
Day 3 of 2020 Lake Tahoe Trip, Snowshoing to Rose Knob Peak and Pats Knob in Mount Rose Wilderness
Third day of my Lake Tahoe trip. I decided to snowshoe to Rose Knob Peak on the Nevada side of the lake today.
While weather was warm and sunny for the previous two days (I wasn’t even wearing the winter jacket that I brought), today it took a turn for the worse. On the bright side, the forecasted 30% precipitation rate did not result in any snowfall. However, wind was certainly the strongest I’d seen for the entire week. In anticipation of this not-too-cooperative weather, I opted to hike Rose Knob Peak, which was shorter than Roundtop Peak two days ago, and had even less elevation gain than Maggies Peak the previous day.
Rose Knob Peak Trail
At about 9:30am, I arrived at the trailhead by Tahoe Meadow / Incline Lake Road. After dressing and packing up, I ventured into the forest.
Here’s GPS tracking:
600m from trailhead, the trail broke away from “Incline Meadow Road” and entered backcountry.
After that, I came out of the tree line into a giant steep slope.
At 11:10am, I reached the top of this slope, that’s about halfway to Rose Knob Peak. Before continuing on, I chose to take a 400m one-way detour south to Pats Knob, directly overlooking Lake Tahoe.
About 20 minutes later, I was at Pats Knob.
While the towering views of Lake Tahoe in front would be magnificent, there was strong wind coming from the south. Unlike later in the day on top of Rose Knob Peak, the wind didn’t stop me from appreciating the scenery, and I was glad that I did.
After that, I left Pats Knob and continued my way to Rose Knob Peak.
Despite there wasn’t much elevation change, the angle of slopes that the trail covered until Rose Knob Peak made it a taxing journey.
It’s 12:45pm by the time I reached the saddle point of Rose Knob Peak and another mountain to the east (photo’d above). With strong winds blowing from the south, I determined the north side of that saddle point was the only feasible place for me to have lunch.
Despite that it’s still a challenge to find a rock/branch on the snow field that’s sheltered from the wind. This probably turned out to be the most unpleasant field lunch I had for the year.
20 minutes later and after an unpleasant lunch, I pressed onward to Rose Knob Peak.
Throughout the final stretch, it’s a daunting sight watching drifting snow carving out the rocks at summit. It’s an arduous journey climbing this steep slope to begin with, high winds meant I was in the cycle of “sheltering behind trees recovering” and “dashing towards the next tree in sight”. But nonetheless, 22 minutes later, I covered the final 300m and was at the summit of Rose Knob Peak.
Unfortunately, with my face constantly battered by the drifting snow, I couldn’t unleash my camera, nor was I in any mood to appreciate the scenery nearby. So I quickly snapped the following few photos to mark my presence.
After spending a mere 7 minutes at the summit, I headed back down.
Finally, at 3:45pm, I got back to the trailhead.
Since there’s still time till sunset, I decided to unleash my drone and take an aerial tour of surrounding Tahoe Meadow.
And here’s a video clip:
Sunset at Memorial Point
After that, it’s about 4:10pm, half an hour till sunset. I arrived relatively late at Memorial Point for sunset 3 days ago, so I decided to head there again today (since it’s on my way back to hotel).
This time, I also launched my drone, and flew it
to the center of Lake Tahoe enough away from shore, snapping these panoramic sunset glows surrounding Lake Tahoe.
And here’s a video clip:
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