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Ascent of Granite Chief on 2016-08-20

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Tram
Peak:Granite Chief
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9006 ft / 2745 m

Ascent Trip Report

i was determined to use the tram to make this hike shorter, but the tram hours really aren't long hike friendly. first tram is 10:40am, i would start hiking at 10:55. the last tram of the day departs the top at 5pm... so i had 6h to do an 8mi hike on varied terrain, with a challenging class 3 summit in the middle.

i started out on the road. there seemed to be a few ways to get to the saddle between emigrant and granite, one of which was on road over emigrant pass, another looked interesting and cut across the north face of emigrant. i wasn't sure where the trailhead for this short-cut was (although my guess was that it started behind a shack on the side of the road)... later in the day i would end up having to use this short-cut to get back to the tram on time. but on the way up i stuck to the road a bit longer until a side trail straight up emigrant presented itself. i was already bored of the road so i took the side trail for some steep climbing to join a different road higher up.

as mentioned in the emigrant report it was an easy bonus barely off the path heading toward granite. i made good time and was on granite 1h7m after starting.

on the final approach to granite i bumped into another hiker, his name i'd learn was mark. on the summit i thought mark said he was off to needle peak next, turns out he meant needle lake. after i indicated i was going for needle and lyon, he decided to join.

stats include the side trip to emigrant-north.

next up is needle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1229 ft / 374 m
    Total Elevation Loss:635 ft / 193 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1229 ft / 374 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 884 ft / 270 m; Extra: 345 ft / 105m
    Loss on way in:345 ft / 105 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Start Trailhead:tram  8122 ft / 2475 m
    Time:1 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:290 ft / 88 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:granite/needle saddle  8716 ft / 2656 m
    Time:21 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: granite needle lyon

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Emigrant Peak-North Summit2016-08-20 a 
2Granite Chief2016-08-20 b1229 ft / 375 m
3Needle Peak2016-08-20 c555 ft / 169 m
4Lyon Peak2016-08-20 d989 ft / 301 m
Total Trip Gain: 2773 ft / 845 m    Total Trip Loss: 2778 ft / 848 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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