If you and your pooch are looking for a scenic spot to stay near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, you’d be barking mad not to consider Mount Rose Campground! Mount Rose is located just nine miles west of the lake in Nevada’s Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. While the proximity to Lake Tahoe is the campground’s biggest draw, the immediate surroundings aren’t bad either! The sites are surrounded by towering pines and firs, and at an elevation of over nine thousand feet, you and your pooch should have no trouble keeping cool even in the summer sun.
Mount Rose is a little no-frills, so you won’t find any electricity, RV hookups, or shower stations. Never mind though -- you and your buddy might be too busy having fun to worry about your creature comforts! Unsurprisingly, sites at Mount Rose fill up quickly, so it’s best to book well in advance. There are also some accessible sites available.
Of course, keen anglers, watersports enthusiasts and just plain fans of natural beauty will want to take the thirty-minute drive to Lake Tahoe as soon as possible. But hound-dog hikers won’t need to go that far to find their entertainment! The Mount Rose Wilderness is close by, boasting over twenty-five miles of trails for you and your pooch to sniff and explore. The routes in Mount Rose Wilderness tend towards the rugged, but the Upper Thomas Creek Trail and Galena Falls trail are well worth a wander for the relatively fit of heart and sure of foot! Laid back lap-dogs looking for a more sedate stroll might enjoy the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop, a one-mile walk that features some breathtaking wildflowers.
There’s no wifi available at Mount Rose, though most cellular networks should receive fair to middling coverage. Campfires are permitted, but be sure to store your food in bear-proof containers! There’s also drinking water available on-site. One word of warning -- because of the high elevation, Mount Rose Highway can be impassible in adverse weather conditions. Check the forecast before you go. Remember to bring waste bags for your doggo, and have a furrific time!