Relay Peak Snowshoe Hike

  • 03/07/2020
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mt. Rose Trailhead
  • 4


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RELAY PEAK SNOWSHOE HIKE: All levels welcome on this snowshoe hike to to Relay Peak overlooking Lake Tahoe from the Mt. Rose Trailhead. This peak is in NE corner of Tahoe and has great views of Reno and the Tahoe backcountry. Some previous hiking experience recommended. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!


  • Route: Out/back is 9.4 miles round-trip with 1,515 ft of elevation gain.

  • Where to meet: 8:00 am. We will meet at the Mt. Rose Trailhead Parking lot (at the summit of the Mt. Rose Highway). From Sacramento - Take HWY 80 to Truckee and take the HWY 267 south exit. At Kings Beach, turn left onto HWY 28 (East towards Reno). At the roundabout, follow signs for Reno onto HWY 431 until you reach the summit pass. You will see the Mt. Rose Trail Head on the left (large parking area with a restroom building). From Reno: Take the Mt. Rose Highway (431) to the summit pass. Trailhead will be on the right.
  • Volunteer Event Leader: Sean Martin | (530) 306-7449
  • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8

  • Skills requirements: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike for multiple hours, bring winter layers to regulate body temperature, and bring adequate food and water for 6 to 7 hours of hiking.

  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.


We will meet at the Mt. Rose Trailhead at 8:00 am. From there we will do quick introductions and then hit the trail. It’s a gradual ascent up the fireroad and we will take periodic breaks to shed layers, hydrate, and have snacks before reaching the summit of Relay Peak. Depending on the weather, we will have our pack lunch at the summit and then return to the trailhead. From there, depending on the groups timeline we can head into Reno or Incline for a group celebratory lunch/early dinner and head out from there.


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  • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

  • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

  • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

  • Socks

  • Gloves and/or mittens

  • Gaiters

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm hat and/or balaclava

  • Sun hat or covering


  • Backpack*

  • Snowshoes*

  • Trekking poles with snow baskets*

  • Waterproof hiking boots (be sure these are already broken in)

  • High energy food, snacks and drinks

  • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

  • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

  • Map and compass

  • Sunscreen

  • Small personal first aid kit

  • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve (full members only).


  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.
  • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 
  • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.
  • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.
  • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. Circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.
  • As a private, non-commercial group we acquire all necessary wilderness or summit permits and operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.
  • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.
  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

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