Alturas, California is a small (2.5 square miles) city near the Oregon border, Modoc National forest, and the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.
Place Category: Trailheads
Trailhead for the Tahoe Rim Trail | Cross Mt Rose Hwy to Tahoe Meadows to continue the 23.1 miles to Spooner Summit | 20.2 miles to Brockway Summit
Mt. Rose Loop Trail
5 – 6 miles (round trip)
This moderate loop is perfect for day hiking and features a waterfall and scenic views. For hikers and equestrians only, as part of the loop is in wilderness land and thus mountain bikes are not allowed.
From the Mt. Rose trailhead, the trail climbs gently up a sandy slope with picturesque views for about a mile. The landscape will become greener till you pass a waterfall. Soon after the falls, the trail splits: be sure to follow signs for the Tahoe Rim Trail which bears to the left and eventually joins an old forest service road. Follow this dirt road down the hill past lovely views of the lake. As you approach Highway 431, there is a connector trail that will bring you back to the trailhead.