Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2013-01-11

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:6762 ft / 2061 m

Ascent Trip Report

I accessed Granite Mtn using the DPS info from the road north of Granite Pass. I don’t know if the info has been changed, but the route has not been used in a long time. I drove to the end of the road as described and started hiking down into the flats heading to the mountain. The old road here is a sandy wash and I stayed in the wash past the corral and the water tank. The corral was on my right, on my descent I found that the old road was on the other side of the corral. I stayed in the wash until it started getting brushy and boulder and then went looking for the old road that I knew should be off to my right. Once on the road, I stayed on it past the “huge boulder” described in the DPS Guide and didn’t leave it until I was at a right angle to the gully that I wanted to follow up to the ridge. I wanted to minimize my bushwhacking and this worked well.

Once at the foot of the gully, I found that it was kind of brushy and had lots of boulders also. I chose the slope off to my left because it was less brushy and looked like easier climbing. I noticed that the right side slope also looked better than the gully bottom and I came down on that side. There was nothing magical about climbing up the gully. I got up to the top of the small ridge on the left of the gully and that was easier walking until I was blocked by boulders. I found patches of snow above 5,500 ft but the snow wasn’t a problem on the hike. I saw 3-4 isolated cairns on the ascent, but they were not really part of any trail or boot path that I could find.

On the summit, I could not find a register. The views were great. On the descent, I stayed on the old road and just before the corral, there was a sign laying on the ground about this being a wildlife study area. There were a few foot prints on the old road, otherwise this area was really isolated.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2916 ft / 888 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.1 km
    Route:DPS Route North Side
    Trailhead:3846 ft / 1172 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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