Ascent of Granite Peak on 2012-09-21

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Peak
    Elevation:8980 ft / 2737 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Granite Pk from Gerlach. I'm not sure I would recommend my route to anyone unless they have a good 4WD vehicle with lots of ground clearance. I drove up BLM Road 34 until I reached an unsigned road on the left about 1.0 mile past where the pavement ends. I zeroed my odometer when I left Road 34 and at 0.8 mile I took the left fork, went through an open gate, and at 3.2 miles reached another gate that I had to open and close. In about a mile from that gate the road crosses through some creeks, and in about 3.0 miles I crossed 3 creeks that are steep to enter and I am sure I would use 4WD to get back out. In another couple miles I reached "The Homestead" that is an aspen grove with the remains of a fire place in the clearing. There are what appears to be good roads going left and then right out of the clearing, but I took the minor road that went straight ahead to the west. It went through the edge of the aspen grove and then climbed a steep hill that had large rocks and loose sandy soil. Definitely 4WD getting to the top of this slope. About 3.4 miles from "The Homestead" I took the right fork after passing through a little valley. In another 1.8 miles after passing some camp spots in the aspens on top of the ridge, I came to a couple of green gates that looked like they had been forced open. I should have stopped here and hiked from here. Instead I continued another 0.9 miles on a very rough road with large boulders. A Tacoma would not be able to drive this part of the road. I stopped just before the road drops about 300 ft into Skull Meadow. Beyond where I stopped is only passable by ATV's. It is narrow with large boulders in spots.

I stopped at about 7,920 ft elevation and car camped there. In the morning, I hiked the ATV road through Skull Meadow to where a creek entered the meadow from the right and then I hiked up the creek following horse trails. At the top of this drainage, I could see the summit ahead. There is a radio transmitter on the summit. It is easy cross country travel through sage brush to the summit. There are actually 2 summits on the ridge. One with the radio transmitter and the other about 300 yds north along the ridge. The summit register is on the north summit, so it must be higher. I didn't have a sight level to verify this. Great views. Saw lots of deer, horses, and sheep.

On my way driving out, I met and ATV'er who I spoke with for a few minutes. He was hunting and was amazed that I got my truck up the road past the creeks below "The Homestead". Actually the road was much worse higher up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1754 ft / 533 m
    Extra Gain:350 ft / 106 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Skull Meadow
    Trailhead:7926 ft / 2415 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
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