Ascent of Granite Peak on 2015-08-05
|Date:||Wednesday, August 5, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11218 ft / 3419 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI took the route that leaves from the end of a 4w road that runs up Lexington Creek. The road was poor, severely washed out as a result of the fire from a few years back and the resulting extra rain runoff. We left our car about 1.5 miles before the mine at the end of the road and hiked from there. From the mine, we hiked up the ridge to the south of Lexington Creek, then followed that ridge to the top, then headed down and up again to Granite Peak to the West, then up down and up again to 11016 to the NE. From there, we dropped down the ridge running E from 11016, on the north side of Lexington Creek, effectively doing a loop back to the mine. The north ridge was very steep in parts.
Lots of burned areas on the mountain made for easy walking with no undergrowth, but resulted in it not being particularly scenic, unless you like the dead look. An easier route than the one I took would be to just go up Lexington Creek all the way, then climb to the saddle SE of 11016, climb Granite and 11016, and then hike back via Lexington Creek.
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