Ascent to Granite Mountain-Just above Point 996 on 2011-02-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, February 4, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Point Reached:||Granite Mountain - Just above Point 996|
| Elevation:||3300 ft / 1005 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||1031 ft / 315 m (31% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportThe one peak I wanted most during a week of peakbagging in the SE corner of California, and the one peak which I failed to summit!
The drive in was the longest, most rugged, and most remote. The hike/climb itself - ditto.
I turned back after a scare on unexpectedly loose rock at a point of moderate exposure. Best done later, and not solo!
Addendum: I summited in 2013 with the Sierra Club's Desert Peaks Section. The ridge I ascended on the failed attempt was actually one small ridge over from the one used by the DPS, and had more exposure.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2476 ft / 753 m|
| Extra Gain:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| Route:||DPS Route B |
| Trailhead:||Palen Pass Road 1224 ft / 373 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
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