Ascent of Granite Chief on 2018-04-21
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, April 21, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9006 ft / 2745 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI left from the Bay Area just after 5:00am, making a pit stop at a Starbucks in Auburn and an equipment rental place in Truckee to pick up snowshoes. I left from the Squaw Valley parking just around 9:30m. I easily found the Granite Chef trailhead behind the fire station, which was marked with a small but obvious hiker symbol. Once I hit the snow line, I followed bootprints which mostly agreed with the trail marked on the map. Crossing Squaw Creek was a bit challenging, and when I reached the cliffband, it was unclear if heading west and staying low would be successful, so I gained the cliff and walked along the ridge. Before reaching the saddle, I turned to the south and eventually reached the ski area boundary. I more or less followed the boundary along the ridge, and I ascended the north ridge, summiting around 1:30pm. On the way down, I descended into the Granite Glades towards the Shirley Lake area, but turned towards the trail below the cliff band, finding the trail weaving through the rocks. I ran into another day hiker at the Squaw Creek crossing who had summited shortly after me. I reached my car at 4:45pm. Somehow, I managed to miss a turn close to the trailhead and ended up at some condos, but there was a trail down to the parking lot. Very exhausting and generally miserable day.
Stats: 4h2m up, 20m at summit, 2h50m down, 2,850ft gained, 10.9 miles.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2850 ft / 868 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||2850 ft / 868 m|
| Distance:||10.9 mi / 17.5 km|
| Route:||North Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Squaw Valley parking lot 6156 ft / 1876 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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