Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2012-11-17
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, November 17, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8419 ft / 2566 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Granite Pk from the south and the road that goes over McKinney Pass. On the west side of the pass is a road signed for Ladd and Reed Canyons. This road is a little rough and requires high clearance. I drove up this road to where the road forks (the right fork goes into Reed Canyon and the left fork into Ladd Canyon). I went left and then right at the next 2 forks. The road is narrow and follows the canyon bottom north. I stopped about 2.3 miles from the McKinney Pass road and parked just past an open pit that is covered with pallets. I chose this spot to stop because I wanted to hike the ridge line to the summit. I could see an easy slope to ascend up to the ridgetop on the west.
I hiked the ridgeline that is mostly covered with juniper and pine trees. Easy hiking with some rock outcroppings. At point 6941 there is a little descent to a saddle and then I continued following the ridge towards point 8269. Before going all the way to point 8269, I veered off to my right through sagebrush towards the summit. The summit is a pointed rocky outcropping. Actually there are 2 pointed outcroppings. The first one I came to, I climbed a short distance up and then saw a ledge going around to the left. I followed the ledge and then scrambled up more short ledges and chutes to the summit. This scramble section only gains about 100 ft. The route I took is not technical and it is a bit of a stretch to call it Class 3.
On the way down, I decided to drop down to the road in the bottom of the canyon and follow it back to my car. This was a mistake. The route I chose to go down was brush choked at the bottom and when I eventually got to the road, it was still a bushwhack on the road down to about 6,500 ft. The west side of Ladd Canyon is lined with steep cliffs going up the ridge on the west. I could see one place at about 6,400 ft where I could have climbed a slope to the ridgetop. If driving into the canyon, be prepared for brush to scratch your vehicle. There are very few places to turn around also. I should have followed the ridgetop back to my vehicle. The brush drew blood....
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2900 ft / 884 m|
| Distance:||7.2 mi / 11.6 km|
| Route:||Ladd Canyon|
| Trailhead:||5519 ft / 1682 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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