Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2017-04-13

Climber: David Pletcher

Date:Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:6762 ft / 2061 m

Ascent Trip Report

via Cottonwood Wash on a fine, sunny day. The trailhead was marked with a wilderness boundary post. There were no signs forbidding passage in the wash or along the abandoned jeep track leading to Silver Peak. Veering right at the junction--just before the corral--will take you to the jeep track, with its fine walking surface, rather than subjecting you to two miles of slogging up through the sandy wash.

I ascended to Granite Mountain on an ad-hoc route climbing the northeast face. I took advantage of several game trail segments and spotted cairns here and there. Route-finding was more challenging after I crossed a shoulder and came within 1000 feet of the summit; vegetation and jumbles of big rocks presented some obstacles.

Traversing over to Silver Peak was fun and not overly technical, but it posed an unexpected number of route-finding puzzles to cross or circumvent many large jumbles of rock blocking the crest. I would have enjoyed that more if I had not been uneasy about the water situation. It may be easier in the opposite direction. Watch for wildlife; I spotted a beautiful, colorful desert fox.

The trail from Silver Peak down to the road's end is short but very steep. Descending on the road is gentle and easy. There's a well-marked bypass around a long washout section.
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