Walk past the pit toilets to the trailhead, situated immediately behind them at the kiosk. Less than 100 feet past the trailhead is the hikers only trailhead for the Tahoe Rim Trail leading to the Mount Rose Summit Trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association supplies trail maps at the kiosk, which also reminds hikers of preferred wilderness practices.
Head uphill with a sharp turn at the kiosk and immediately take in the views to the South and West, where Lake Tahoe comes into view. In exactly one half mile, the trail will level out and conveniently enough, there is a tight formation of boulders shaded by pine, just perfect for applying the sunscreen that you forgot to in the parking lot. The broad, sandy, well-marked trail stays level, or nearly so, for the next 2 miles as you traverse to the northwest of Tamarack Peak. You may cross a couple of seasonal runoff streams as you get sneak peeks of Mount Rose at about 1.25 miles along, and in another half mile, you have a clear view of your destination as you walk along a steep slope.