Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2015-03-21

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:6762 ft / 2061 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since the currently published DPS route to this peak is and has been a trespass for some time, I thought this would be a good time to see for myself what a route up from the south might be like (the Sweeney Reserve has closed the Cottonwood Wash approach years ago, but people still poach the peak from this area). I've read trip reports that have gone up the wash (choked with boulders and cat's claw), and the ridge. I took the ridge, leaving the wash and headed up to a low saddle at the base of the ridge. On the topo this looks like an easy gig, but it's not. Granite boulders and pinnacles abound, which present not only physical obstructions, but visual ones as well. Once on the ridge it is a steep, boulder and pinnacle infested climb with at least one of them offering no reasonable way around. This is found at approximately 5900+' and presents a cracked, slabby climb to its summit. Once there, take the left hand chute down (stiff class 3) and continue on. The pinnacle that comes into view looks like it might be the summit, but it's not. By pass it on the right and the real high point will come into view and the short stretch from there to the top is the easiest part of the day. On the way back, I climbed that prominent pinnacle using a class 3 to "easy" class 4 chimney. There is a register up there as well, but it doesn't look like it gets many visitors.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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