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Autumn Arrives on Granite Mountain
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Autumn Arrives on Granite Mountain

 
Autumn Arrives on Granite Mountain

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.41755°N / 121.48158°W

Object Title: Autumn Arrives on Granite Mountain

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Date Climbed/Hiked: Oct 8, 2011

Activities: Hiking

Season: Fall

 

Page By: Josh Lewis

Created/Edited: Oct 9, 2011 / May 19, 2013

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Introduction


After many days of rainy weather I been wanting to get out for yet another adventure. According to the forecast the weather looked bad, and I assumed the worse. But to my surprise we had fabulous weather with just enough cloud to keep things nice and cool.

I wake up at 6:52 a.m. to have breakfast and run out the door in order to catch the bus in time. I was excited to once again be having an adventure "Josh Lewis" style which involves using a bicycle to get to your destination. Unfortunately it was only 5.2 miles, but at least I got to take it easy and eventually meet up with Zach.

View along the Way
View Along the Way

Fall is in the Air

The weather kept getting better by the minute as we drove towards Granite Mountain. By the time we started hiking it was already starting to get warm. The hike itself is a easy 4 mile trail that takes you all the way to the summit. On the way I saw that Autumn colors on much of the mountain face, although I would give it another week if your looking for the true fall colors this place has to offer.

Autumn has Arrived
Autumn Colors on the Mountain

Chimney Rock and Overcoat Peak
Chimney Rock and Overcoat Peak

Fall Colors Contrast
Fall Colors Contrast
Cirrus Clouds Above the Trees
Cirrus Clouds Above
Hiking up the Trail
Hiking up the Trail
Granite Mountain Lookout
Granite Mountain Lookout
Blue Ridges to the South
Blue Ridges to the South
Looking towards Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart in the Distance

On the summit I meet a nice fellow who kept us good company and told us about some of the peaks he has climbed. Mount Rainier was looking quite beautiful today due to the clouds forming all around. After taking a few photos we finally decided it was time to go.

Clouds Building on Mount Rainier
Clouds Building on Mount Rainier

Granite Mountain Panorama
Granite Mountain Panorama

Looking to the East
Looking to the East

Kaleetan Peak s South Face
Kaleetan Peak's South Face
Mount Rainier s North Face
Mount Rainier's North Face
Looking towards Denny Mountain
Looking towards Denny Mountain
Looking Towards Mount Rainier
Looking Towards Mount Rainier
Looking North
Looking North
Crystal Lake Below
Crystal Lake Below

On the way down I could see some left over blue berries if anyone is after them, although not sure how good of quality they are. We made it down the Mountain in decent time. On the way home I had a few opportunities to get a few snap shots.

Fall Colors on Granite Mountain
Fall Colors on Granite Mountain

McCllelan Butte s East Face
McClellan Butte's East Face
Storm Building Up
Storm Building Up
Gunn Peak from my Home
Gunn Peak from my Home

Total Distance: 18.4 Miles
Hiking Distance: 8 Miles
Time: 5 Hours Round Trip (not including the Biking)

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