My buddy Jim and I met up to do a two car traverse today up over "South Rose"(the informal name given to the ridge just south of the true summit) and onto 3090 foot Rose Mountain, then back down to a spotted car. We spotted the first car at the Rochester Hollow trailhead at the end of Matyas Road, then shuttled over to a DEC parking area along Old Route 28(Creekside Road).
We took a moment to catch our breath on South Rose, seeing that Rose's true summit, sat a mere .88 miles away(according to the GPS)with a couple hundred feet of elevation loss in between. Normally this would seem easy, but today, with the deep snow, it certainly was a daunting task. Under these conditions, it looked oh so far away through the trees.
Jim captured this shot of me soaking in the view.