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Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2018-01-28

Climber: Robert Luher

Others in Party:10 Hikers
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5633 ft / 1716 m

Ascent Trip Report

*** HPS Led Hike by Peter and Ignacia Doggett ***

From Scissors Crossing, continued south on S2 for about 4.5 miles to a dirt road on the right side of the highway. Followed the dirt road to its end (about 1.1 miles). The road was suitable for a 2WD sedan.

From the parking area, hiked up the wash toward the southwest. Climbed up several dry waterfalls in the wash, past the .9 mile waypoint where the HPS guide says to leave the wash. Continuing up the wash, there were several more dry waterfalls to climb that were beautiful and taller than the earlier ones. At about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, we started up the ridge. At this point there was no use trail to follow, but the HPS leaders found their way to the saddle near 3920, where we then turned toward Peak 4620 along the ridgeline and found/followed the use trail. From there we hiked to the top of Peakbagger Bump (Peak 4620) and continued along the ridgeline to the next saddle and Peakbagger Bup (Peak 5184). From the saddle to Peak 5184 the trail was difficult to find in some places and required some bouldering. After reaching Peak 5184 we could see the summit, which was relatively easy to reach. The summit block required some further scrambling, and was large enough for our group of ten to take a break. Signed the register, took pictures, and enjoyed the 360 degree views of Whale and Salton Sea. Eventually left the summit and descended along the same trail, but followed the ridgeline (per HPS Route 3) and not the wash (as we ascended). Some of the dry waterfalls would have been too hazardous to descend.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3258 ft / 992 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:HPS Route 3
    Trailhead:Dirt Road  2575 ft / 784 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robert Luher
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