Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2019-04-05

Climber: Sandy Lara

Others in Party:Peter Lara
Date:Friday, April 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:4331 ft / 1320 m

Ascent Trip Report

This report is more about the driving than the hike. We approached in our lifted F-350 truck from the west. DON'T DO THIS!!! While much longer in miles to go from Blythe via the Palen Mtn turnoff, the road from Blythe is far superior (some of it 50mph dirt) and will take less time and be less harsh on your vehicle. From the west the road has been perpendicularly cut by deep washes requiring steep down and up to cross. If you have a longer vehicle this is quite difficult. It also has deep sand in places and is rocky in others. I've heard that Tacoma trucks have also had problems with this road. After turning off Palen Pass Rd near the pass to go to Granite, we could only go about 0.8 miles to a wash. The road is impassable from that point unless you have a short Jeep or motorcycle. We walked the road to Packard Well, then crossed the desert to the end of ridge descending from the right. This entailed crossing several major, deep washes, some with up to 20' cliff-like edges, easily bypassed by going up or downstream. We went in the wash toward the summit ridge for a bit (Eric Kassan's track), then decided to climb the ridge to the left up to the summit ridge (Jim Morehouse's track). This is somewhat rocky in places but a good route. We cut to the right across the bump at the top of this ridge to the summit ridge and then on to the summit. We descended much the same way but found a nice bench to descend lower down instead of spending as much time in the wash. Using the ridge is a bit longer but not as steep.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3200 ft / 975 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3200 ft / 975 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Start Trailhead:1131 ft / 344 m
Descent Statistics

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