Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2017-01-08

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, January 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:3526 ft / 1074 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Granite Mountain Trailhead & Parking lot off of 136th Street, I followed the Bootlegger Trail west to the Granite Mountain Loop, then barged uphill through moderate desert brush (palo verde, ocotillo, lotsa cactus) to the top.

There is no trail to the top. I came to it from the southeast up rocky ridges, following whatever open lanes I could find. I trended more to the west and caught the ridge from there. Higher up, the jumble of rocks creates a maze. Sometimes, I had to just pick a line and go up, and hope for the best.

I first ascended the western bump, thinking it was highest. Looking over, the actual summit was one bump over. A 10-foot tall rock with a cleft is the highest point. However, around its back is a slope with a nice cleft so that it's an easy scramble to tag the top. A small strong box sits on the summit. I was the first to sign in since 2014, but sheets went back years. I didn't stick around to view them all.

The rock is granite, with grus-gravel slopes and cactus wherever you'd naturally want to put your foot or hand. Wear long everything and bring gloves. Pay attention to landmarks.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:960 ft / 292 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:Granite Mtn Trailhead/136th Street
    Trailhead:2566 ft / 782 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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