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Ascent of Granite Butte on 2020-08-09

Climber: joe anderson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Granite Butte
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:8679 ft / 2645 m

Ascent Trip Report

Granite Butte *

Mule Peak

9 August, 2020

From the saddle between China Cap and Burger peaks I descended down towards the meadow until I reached the junction to Sand Pass where I turned right up to the pass. At Sand Pass I used the trail to Mule Peak lookout to advance my cause toward Granite Butte. I got to where I judged it to be the shortest distance to the summit of Granite Butte and began climbing to the summit. After reaching the summit

I returned to my pack and walked towards Mule Peak. From the summit of Mule Peak I scouted my route East towards Echo Lake NW Peak. From Mule Peak I soon discovered that the best route towards Echo Lake NW Peak was actually the ridge from the summit of Granite Butte! SO, I dutifully retraced my steps and walked to the summit of Granite Butte for the second time in an hour. From the summit I proceeded to the East down the ridge picking my way through boulder fields and cliff areas

I camped on a ridge about half way between Granite Peak and Echo Lane NW where I had a wonderful sheltered abode for the night..
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy



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