Ascent of Granite Peaks on 1998-04-25

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, April 25, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Peaks
    Elevation:7527 ft / 2294 m

Ascent Trip Report

Name established by the Board on Geographic Names in 1975. There are three benchmarked summits in the Granite Peaks and the easterly one is the highest and is the one climbed by the Hundred Peaks Section.

In the San Bernardino National Forest and open all year.

To reach the trailhead for this peak drive 6.8 miles north on highway 18 from its junction with highway 38 on the north side of Big Bear City. At a bend in the road pull off on the right at the start of forest road 3N03 which heads southeast through Lone Valley. Take this good dirt road which is passable by most any high-clearance vehicle. After 1.0 mile pass a quarry on the left and go left at a Y junction at 1.3 miles. Stay on road 3N03 as you pass a number of minor spur junctions. At 5.0 miles cross Arrastre Creek and stay left at a junction at 5.1 miles. Then at 5.2 miles turn left off the main road onto a spur. Continue on this road until the end is reached in 0.3 miles at a turn around and fence line. UTM here is 524190E, 3792460N (NAD27). From here walk north on a bearing of 352 degrees for about 0.9 miles until you reach the base of the ridge. UTM here is: 523970E, 3793950N. At this point head NE up a rocky drainage generally staying on the right side until you reach the flatter upper slopes. From here there may be a ducked route leading through a gap just west of the peak shown as Granite Point, 7512 ft. Scramble on granite boulders through this gap to flat, easy terrain on the north side. Then go east around this peak and head southeasterly to the top of East Peak, the highest point. Again look for a ducked route that approaches the peak on the south side. The hike is 2.3 miles with a gain of 1400 ft. and takes about 2 hours. 4/98 RLC
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