Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2020-08-30

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Becca Romig
Date:Sunday, August 30, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:7144 ft / 2177 m

Ascent Trip Report

Becca suggested a backpacking trip that included a Smoot’s peak, so we settled on this one as it is a very long day hike but splits up well for a backpack with a lazy day 1 start. We set out on Saturday morning to arrive at a mobbed trailhead before lunch, parking a full half mile away. The trail up to Deception Pass was crowded so that we passed a party every half mile or more frequently. To Tuck lake was better with maybe only 3 other parties. Many campsites at Tuck were occupied but Becca found the one with the best views well off the trail above the lake! We had stunning Daniel views for dinner.
The next morning we set out for Robin Lakes and the summit. The braided use trail is easy to follow and generally sticks to the ridge or the left side of it when it drops down. Robin Lakes was even more scenic than Tuck and we will probably be back just to enjoy this place sometime.
Peak is pretty much use trail to the top with occasional easy class 2 on the obvious route. Our track goes up the ridge between the Robin Lakes on fainter but easily followed use trail and descends the more heavily used northern bench trail. We could see from Baker to Adams and everything in between. Probably the best single peak summit views that I have done to date in WA! All the happier that Becca got to share this one with me!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3744 ft / 1141 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3744 ft / 1141 m
    Distance:10.9 mi / 17.5 km
    Start Trailhead:3400 ft / 1036 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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