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Ascent of Granite Chief on 2020-07-11

Climber: Briana Jaskot

Others in Party:Michael Jaskot -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 11, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Chief
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9006 ft / 2745 m

Ascent Trip Report

We dropped a car at the PCT Donner summit TH and drove to Olympic Valley to start. This trip was two fold- Do the gorgeous point to point run from OV to Donner along the PCT & add on all the Oguls in the area. That included (in this order) Granite Chief, Needle, Lyon, Tinker knob and Anderson.

Total mileage: 22.59
Total vert: 6,863
Elapsed time: 7.51
Moving time: 6.41
Strava Data: https://www.strava.com/activities/3748606086

Granite Chief report:
Went up Shirley Canyon and split left and followed the trail up to the GC split. From the right hand split it gets steep and sandy. The trail goes in and out a little as it weaves through some trees and eventually rocks to the summit. Overall very straight forward.

Full report continued below: From GC we headed down the talus and over towards needle. This involved some bushwhacking and was all XC. The summit block on needle was true class 3. We went up the North west side which was not exposed and had great holds. It was a short and non sketch climb. From Needle we heading down the Talus and over towards Lyon. There was a lot of rock travel but no Bushwhacking. It did take us 2 hours to go from Granite Chief to Lyon and back. Mainly because of the slow going xc terrain. Once back on the PCT the miles ticked by. Tinker is a quick little summit right off the trail with a small scramble at the top. Great views of the lake from here! And the ridge that we had just traveled. Anderson is also right off the PCT. We split off where it seemed easiest. If you start hitting rocky sections of trail on the PCT you went too far. Heading up to the summit is XC and involves some Talus fun. We should have retraced our steps and gone back to the PCT. It would have made for faster travel. Instead we dropped down the front side of the peak and traversed the slick talus/scree field. So slow going and annoying. I just wanted to run at this point. Once back on the PCT the miles came and went. There were plenty of water sources when we went. However, I did the run minus the peaks a few weeks later and most of the water sources had dried up. So if going past mid-july you might want to be prepared to carry if the water is no longer a flowing.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail



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