Mount Rose Weather Observatory

N39 22.354"    W119 40.059"

A marker remembering one of America's first high altitude meteorogical observatories.


  • Directions: Along SR 431 on Mt. Rose Summit, 8 miles east of Incline Village.

Taken in October 2007.
Hope you brought your coat. Whether you visit Mt. Rose Summit in mid-October or mid-July, it can be downright chilly on this pass!

Exact Description:
Two miles northwest of this point lies Mt. Rose, on the 10,778 foot summit. Dr. James Edward Church of the University of Nevada established one of America's first high-altitude meteorological observatories on June 29, 1905. At the observatory, he carried out his famed snow studies and developed the modern science of snow survey. Dr. Church's Nevada system of snow survey is used throughout the world today to predict seasonal water flow from precipitation stored as snow pack. In his honor, the north summit of Mt. Rose has been named "Church Peak."

  • Directions: Along SR 431 on Mt. Rose Summit, 8 miles east of Incline Village.

Mt. Rose, Washoe County's Highest Point, looms moodily just after an early fall snowstorm.

NOTES: Don't even bother trying to conquer [230] Mt. Rose Weather Observatory in the winter. Snow often buries the marker completely due to Rose's infamous deep snow drifts! This might not be so impressive if I didn't state that the marker is over 7 feet tall! Please, save yourself the time and hassle of tackling Mt. Rose by saving this marker for the summer and fall.



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[230] Mt. Rose Weather Observatory is the Nevada Historical Marker highest in elevation (8,900 feet).

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