Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2015-04-05

Climber: Ryan Kusche

Others in Party:Kirah Aldinger-Gibson
Date:Sunday, April 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:5629 ft / 1715 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wanted to do Granite Mt after Mt Defiance a few weeks before. Pleasant, almost unexpectedly warm to begin. Ascended switchbacks in and out of trees with relative ease in respect to gain. Muddy, dry, snow off and on to finally consolidated snow, icy in the morning. Used YakTrax early on and for most of hike. Very pleasant yet chilly alpine weather once out of tree line and on approach ridge. Great views of Snoqulamie area peaks the whole way up. Even greater views of Alpine Lakes Wilderness peaks once high ridge attained. Snow deepened and softened near final summit approach as winds picked up, gusty at times. A few had gone before us either traversing the E slopes or simply continuing along the ridge line. We took the traverse. Awesome snowy scenery in here with lookout in view the whole time. Snow was getting softer and took some work to attain last ridge. Lookout was closed. Signed register and took a few pictures from true summit. Great aspect of surrounding territories. In particular interest was the north side of Silver Pk, as we had attempted the E approach in December but could not locate the climber's trail. Rainier and peaks to the south of Snoqualmie were beginning to get some weather as the winds really picked up, kicking around a lot of snow. Peeked around at the possibilities of doing a loop to Tusk-o-Granite and down to Pratt Lk, but this idea would be best executed when snow free. We took the ridge path down. A few tricky spots of exposure to be careful on but easily accomplished. Weather never got to us on the way down, in fact we ended u getting a little sun on our faces. Great steep hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3752 ft / 1143 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Trailhead:1877 ft / 572 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Warm and sunny at lower elevations, cold and gusting near summit.
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ryan Kusche
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