Ascent of Graneries Butte on 2019-05-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Friday, May 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Graneries Butte
    Elevation:6175 ft / 1882 m

Ascent Trip Report

There is a designated trail with cairns up this small butte feature. As you head toward the true highpoint on trail it suddenly spins you to the side of the butte were you down climb a bit (about 7 feet) to the side of the cap rock and there are small archaeological features made into the side under the harder layer where small caves are formed. Here, grain was stored by native people. This is a hell of a long way to walk up to get a loaf of bread! There are use trails to the true high point of the butte but the NP service has logs discouraging walking up there. After all why would anyone want to just walk up to the highest point on a butte when they could stop 5 feet short and only look at a granary? I realize they are trying to protect these areas from needles people trampling on the soil-biome mats but someday the state parks and national parks will realize that peakbagging is widely growing hobby and every HP needs access. Provide just one small trail to the highest point of any feature people are near and there will be no random trampling. Right? In order to honor the intent, I walked along the butte rim on pure sandstone and up climbed till I saw a use trail with no biomass and headed over and touched the highest point and then found a use trail back avoiding anything but sand.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:77 ft / 23 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:77 ft / 23 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 70 ft / 22 m; Extra: 7 ft / 2m
    Loss on way in:7 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  6105 ft / 1860 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  
Ascent Part of Trip: Canyon Lands NP

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Knoll2019-05-03 a136 ft / 41 m
2Aztec Butte2019-05-03 b262 ft / 80 m
3Graneries Butte2019-05-03 c77 ft / 23 m
4Islands in the Sky Point 61702019-05-03 d90 ft / 27 m
5Islands in the Sky Point 61202019-05-03 e140 ft / 43 m
10Whale Rock2019-05-03 g222 ft / 68 m
11Upheaval Dome2019-05-03 h307 ft / 94 m
12Island in the Sky Point 62602019-05-03 i258 ft / 79 m
13Islands in the Sky Point 63082019-05-03 j498 ft / 152 m
Total Trip Gain: 1990 ft / 607 m    Total Trip Loss: 1152 ft / 350 m

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