Tahoe Meadows and the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) are summer destinations for scenic hiking, Slide Mountain is the hot spot of the snow season, during which ski lifts take you to the top. Hiking the top of Slide Mountain, which is loaded with towers, antennas, various buildings, cable wheels and the upper stations of chairlifts, is not too popular, but possible. From the Mt. Rose Campground it takes less than an hour to ascend a dirt road (service road, normally without motorized traffic in summer) to the top. There, you get nice views of Mt. Rose, Truckee Meadows and the Virginia Range. Boards, displaying panoramic maps of the mountain slopes, introduce the ski bowls and downhill courses— from beginner to expert runs—with self-explaining names like Macho Bowl, Waterfall, Six Gun, Bullwhip and Wild Card.
Getting to Mt. Rose Campground (closed in winter)
The campground is located a short distance off State Route 431, across the Mt. Rose Summit parking area. To avoid crossing the highway, parking at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead is suggested. From there, go northeast, follow the TRT and Mt. Rose Campground Trail (length 0.4 mi) to the campground, cross the campground and turn right on the service road.