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Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2017-01-14

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Sean Casserly -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Asaka Takahashi
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6762 ft / 2061 m

Ascent Trip Report

we used the standard approach from cottonwood wash. there was no negative signage, there's no evidence this area is closed... or if there is signage then it's really not obvious and was nowhere near our route.

we moved slow on this -- slower than i imagine it needs to be, partially because we were off the beaten path, but also because the granite was wet, and i was probably overly cautious. it didn't seem that slow until we were at around the 5 mile mark, at the saddle between granite and silver, and it had taken about 5h to get there. based on the time of day we opted not to continue on to silver. this gave us some sunlight while we drove north toward baker, which i enjoyed: it stoked my interest to return for more mojave peaks.

the weather forecast for the day was "partly sunny", but rain clouds rolled in as we were 900' below the summit. our summit views were unfortunately obscured. it cleared up an hour later, but we were off the summit by then. we did get good views of providence BM and edgar peak throughout the hike, both had a sprinkling of snow (as did the top ~500' of granite mountain).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2961 ft / 902 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2961 ft / 901 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2911 ft / 887 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2761 ft / 842 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Start Trailhead:cottonwood wash  4001 ft / 1219 m
    Time:4 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2811 ft / 856 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2761 ft / 842 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    End Trailhead:4001 ft / 1219 m
    Time:3 Hours 7 Minutes



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