Two miles to the northwest of this point lies Mt. Rose.  On the 10,778 foot summit, Dr. James Edward church of the University of Nevada established one of America’s first high-altitude meteorological observatories on June 29, 1905.  At the observatory, he carried out his famed snow studies and developed the modern science of snow survey.  Dr. Church’s Nevada system of snow survey is used throughout the world today to predict seasonal water flow from precipitation stored as snow pack.  In his honor, the north summit of Mt. Rose has been named “Church Peak.”