Ascent of Granite Chief on 2018-04-21

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Chief
    Elevation:9006 ft / 2745 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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