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Granite Mountain, Central Cascades, WA
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Granite Mountain, Central Cascades, WA

 
Granite Mountain, Central Cascades, WA

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Granite Mountain, Central Cascades, WA

Date Climbed/Hiked: Feb 8, 2010

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Winter

 

Page By: autumdiver

Created/Edited: Feb 10, 2010 / Feb 10, 2010

Object ID: 595926

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Page Score: 74.01%  - 4 Votes 

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Whipped cream winter wonderland

First time at Granite Mountain, central Cascades, WA. 
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Waited for a sunny day with relatively low avalanche danger and was well rewarded. Arrived at the trailhead about 9:30 monday morning, no other cars there. No snow at all, in the upper 40's with sun and some clouds. Very pleasant hike up though the forest which eventually thinned out and gave way to snow. The trail on the map seemed to disappear, so I decided to follow some tracks that went straight up towards the summit. Had to put on crampons and exchange the trekking poles for the ice axe here which was pretty much mandatory for reaching the summit. the snow became very deep and the grade was very steep. I took a ridge path as opposed to going up the avalanche chute. Beautiful views in spite of some of the cloud cover. Made it to the top and relaxed for a few minutes enjoying the rewards of winter climbing before heading down. Decided to try and find the map trail down which heads southeast. Again followed a track until it abruptly disappeared (either the aliens came down and abducted the track maker, or a snow slide obliterated the track). From here it got tricky. Descended a few thousand feet over very steep terrain in snow and then woodland. Crossed a few of the streams on my topo map and navigated a miserable chute chock full of avalanche bent thicket trees until eventually relocating the trail. Made it back to the trailhead after 6 hrs. A very full and exhausting day, but very worth while!
 
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phlipdascripNice pictures!

phlipdascrip

Voted 10/10

Sounds like a good day out. Cheers!
Posted Feb 10, 2010 9:00 am

autumdiverRe: Nice pictures!

autumdiver

Hasn't voted

It was a great day, thanks for the comment!
Posted Feb 10, 2010 7:33 pm

EricChuBeautiful!

EricChu

Voted 10/10

Those black-and-white photos are absolutely first class!
Posted Feb 10, 2010 9:49 am

autumdiverRe: Beautiful!

autumdiver

Hasn't voted

Thanks for the kind words! Hope to have many more B&W photos to come of future tours.
Posted Feb 10, 2010 7:34 pm

Sarah SimonAttach to mountain page?

Sarah Simon

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Hi there,

Nice pics in this TR. If the Granite Mountain that is the focus of this report is already on SP, I encourge you to attach your TR to that peak.

Perhaps you hiked this Granite Mountain?

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150562/granite-mountain-snoqualmie-.html

If you need help attaching items, give me a yell / send me a PM. I'm happy to answer questions.

Cheers,

Sarah
Posted Feb 10, 2010 12:23 pm

autumdiverRe: Attach to mountain page?

autumdiver

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Thanks Sarah, I'm new here and still learning the ropes (no pun). I *think* I figured out how to attach this report to the link you left... Cheers, - g
Posted Feb 10, 2010 7:32 pm

Sarah SimonRe: Attach to mountain page?

Sarah Simon

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Almost!

Woops - you did it backwards, though. You attached the mountain as a child to your trip report...

...instead, you want to attach the TR as a child to the mountain.

Don't hesitate to give me a shout should you have any questions/user issues/whatever. I'm happy to help. :)

Sarah
Posted Feb 10, 2010 7:49 pm

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