The views at the top of Mt. Rose are spectacular. Look straight down at Lake Cushman with Lightning Peak in the distance. Many other peaks are visible from the summit, including Mt. Ranier to the southeast and Mt. Steel to the northwest near the headwaters of the North Fork Skokomish River.
The route starts at Lake Cushman and gains elevation within the first few steps. There are switchbacks through the second-growth forest before it enters the Mount Skokomish Wilderness in just over a mile. The trail gets steeper at this point, eventually rising above the treeline through rocks, moss, and the occasional Pacific Madrone tree. Lake Cushman will start to appear through any tree clearing.
1.7 miles into the trail, the summit loop begins as both directions lead to the top of Mt. Rose. Most stay left as the trail continues through firs, cedars, hemlocks, and manzanita. Eventually, the trail straddles the ridge where the rocky top of Mt. Ellinor appears. A short distance later is the Mt. Rose summit. Continue scrambling down the loop for 1.3 miles until the stem of the Mt. Rose trail heads back to the trailhead.
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