Granite Mountain (Snoqualmie) Climber's Log
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|jordansahls||Nice weather! |
Date Climbed: May 24, 2004
|Fun climb, lots of step kicking.|
|Posted Jan 25, 2007 4:19 am|
|nodbod||Cold on Granite |
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2006
|Granite Mountain 2/18/06|
So, set out today to climb the main avalanche gully on Granite. The day started off cold in the parking lot at 815AM. I wore a coat for the first time in my life during a hike. It was 22F at the trail head (1916ft.). We set out at a pretty quick tempo to warm up, passing a soloist on the trail, and hit the gully in 45 min (3450ft.).
Crampons and ice axe at the ready, we shot up straight in the gully. There was a party of 3 with a dog about 600 ft. above us switch backing in trees. We wanted the alpine experience and more of a direct route, so we stayed in the gully. The snow was rather solid, and each step created a squeaking of the crampons and axe. It was Heaven. Breathe in, step, step, breathe out, step, step.
We passed the party in about 20 minutes, and hit the timberline at 4730 ft. There was a gentle wind from the east, blowing at around 15-20mph. We set our backs to it, and started side stepping our way up. To our surprise, the wind was slowly pushing us west, toward the ridgeline. Once at the ridgeline, the wind was constantly gusting at 45-50mph. We were being knocked over constantly.
The wind was blowing a wisp of air bound snow around the ridgeline. Wahoo! It was exhilarating. However, it was a bit out of our comfort zone. We were only biting in a couple millimeters, if that. The slope was a solid 35-40 degrees, which seems like 60 degrees when you're on it. We didn't want to slip and have to arrest, so each step was kicked in, and we had to trust our feet. The temp here was around 6F. Add the wind chill factor, and it got down to roughly -23F. -23F in Washington? What's going on?
My buddy decided to get off this ridge and traverse into the bowl, perhaps finding some relief from the gusts. He led the way, straight into the wind. I just put my head down and followed his tracks. Each time I looked up, there was a sharp sting to my face. So no more of that!!! At this point, both of our water tubes had completely frozen so no more aqua for us. After the long traverse, the wind calmed back down to a friendly 15mph breeze. We switched back, got out some good ole' pecans and chocolate, and found refuge behind a tree and rock (5750'). This relative refuge, was tempting to spend a few minutes at, but we knew that we would cool quickly, and that we needed to press on soon. My hands and face were beginning to numb, as were his hands, so we did a quick dash to the summit, only a couple hundred vertical feet away.
It was a lovely day, there was relatively mild winds at the summit, save these huge swirls of snow being spun around by the winds a bit off the summit. Rainier, Adams, and Glacier Peak were visible. We snapped a couple of photos, ate some cookies, had a few gulps of unfrozen water, and got ready for the glissade. I would be lying to say that I wasn't kind of shaky starting to glissade. The avalanche chute ran for about 2500 vertical feet, and the slope was pretty steep. We took the glissading in small bits. Glisade, arrest, glissade, arrest. It wasn't bad until the 5th or 6th glissade, where my legs started to spasm out. The spasms were probably due to lack of water, so I decided to jog the rest of the way down. My buddy's hand was completely numb, and we were short on water, so we wanted to get to the tree line as fast as possible.
Once in the tree line, we started to have shooting pains in the fingers. At least they were alive still. Being in the trees was was like being on a different mountain. It was a balmy 25F, the wind was non-existent, and there were people. The rest of the way was in the trees. A fantastic day!
I learned that this was the coldest day on record in the Seattle area in the last 10 years!
|Posted Jan 16, 2007 5:20 pm|
|Fun ride down! Need to steal the key to the lookout from the Forest Service.|
|Posted Jan 5, 2007 1:24 am|
|Krylon||Snow Ascent |
Date Climbed: May 14, 2006
|Hard snow and large cornices during this trip. A fellow died on the route two days after I went up :(|
|Posted Dec 29, 2006 11:55 pm|
|RdyHiker||Finally did Granite |
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2006
|19 years of hiking here in the NW and I'd never gone up Granite. Took 4 other Seattle Backpackers with me and It's now on my short list of regular conditioning hikes. Enjoyed it much more than I expected though my ascent was slow as I stayed at the rear behind a member of our party who was really struggling (but ultimately made it) Overcast day; cold and windy at the summit but we did get the views before the fog rolled in. Tons of huge, ripe blueberries and huckleberries so we made a slow descent while stuffing ourselves and whatever containers we had.|
|Posted Dec 20, 2006 10:00 pm|
|B-Grooms||Main Trail |
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006
|Started out first thing in the morning to avoid the sun as much as possible. Tempurature got up to about 80 degrees that day. Trail was in good condition, but very dry and dusty. Not too many people hiking the route, which I thought was kind of odd with it being a popular route and sunny out. I do think a lot of people went to Pratt Lake instead to cool off. I went through 64 oz of water on the hike. Very nice at the top, not many clouds so the view was spectacular, especialy the view of Mt. Rainier. Overall very pleasant, could have used more water though on such a warm day.|
|Posted Nov 22, 2006 10:16 pm|
|lidijagrazulis||Great fall hike! |
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2006
|Gorgeous fall day, fantastic views! Can't wait to do this one again!|
|Posted Oct 23, 2006 3:38 am|
|ericd||I-90 Accessible |
Date Climbed: May 8, 2005
|2 spring summits, this is an excellent climb with snow, medium winds, smart to have avalanche awareness in the gully, and a rewarding view at top of lookout. Trail is 4.3 miles one way, and a 3800' elevation gain.|
|Posted Sep 7, 2006 2:43 am|
|osatrik||1st time of many |
Date Climbed: May 23, 1993
|Solo hike -- just getting to know the I-90 corridor.|
|Posted Sep 1, 2006 5:08 am|
|Brian Massey||Crystal Clear Day |
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006
|Great hike but a lot of people on the trail.|
|Posted Aug 20, 2006 10:24 pm|
|supermarmot||perfect conditions |
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2006
|great for cramponing on the way up, soft for boarding on the way down!|
|Posted Jul 9, 2006 6:53 am|
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006
|Up here for work, not play... so no summit, but a great hike with nice views of the valley below. a fun hike at night.|
|Posted May 15, 2006 5:39 pm|
|skagitteam||Good intro for new climbers |
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005
|Nice simple summer summit hike, but a bit crowded! Nice blueberries if you head up in the late season.|
|Posted Mar 18, 2006 6:02 pm|
|jtostenr||Avalanche Gully |
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2006
|Perfect day to climb Granite Mtn. Avalanche conditions were great, so we were able to go straight up the gully. Descended due south off-trail to make things interesting.|
|Posted Feb 24, 2006 11:36 pm|
|ren||Route Climbed: Main Trail 6/26/04 |
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2004
|After the summit I continued on down to the Tuscohatchie Lakes to Pratt Lake and the loop. A real bushwack.|
|Posted Feb 18, 2006 2:21 pm|
|agreenstreet||West Ridge |
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2006
|December 11, 2003: Solo climb, foggy day so the views were pretty limited, but still a good workout and a fun climb.|
December 2004: Climbed with dad, started way to late, so we didn't go all the way to the top. Beautiful day though.
February 12, 2006: Spectacular day, although very busy on the mountain. Icy on the way up, slushy on the way down. No avalanch danger so we had an awsome glissade down the avalanch gully. Climbed with fellow SP'ers Supermarmot and Littlefrantz.
June 2006: First time without snow! Surprisingly nice hike, it felt very alpine'ish and remote after you get around the backside on the last portion of the trail.
January 31, 2007: Went up Pratt Mountain first, then did the West Granite to Granite traverse on the way back to the car. Long day with lots of up and down. still a great time though.
|Posted Feb 14, 2006 2:57 am|
|calijetfxr||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulley Date Climbed: December 10,2005|
|A beautiful day for summiting this mountain. There were large talus fields about halfway up the ridge to the West of the avalanche gulley. The summit was clear and wind was not an issue. I camped on the summit and the wind stayed calm until about 06:45 when it picked up significantly. All in all, a great trip.|
|Posted Dec 11, 2005 3:31 pm|
|m2rainier||Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: September 1998|
|Climbed with my cousin in late September 1998. There was a bit of early season snow, but the climbing was fun and the views from the top are beautiful.|
|Posted Oct 24, 2005 2:28 am|
|ericnoel||Date Climbed: July 24th 2003|
|Pleasant hike with lovely flowers in season.|
|Posted Oct 21, 2005 8:28 pm|
|dicey||Route Climbed: various Date Climbed: many|
|Good training hike|
|Posted Sep 21, 2005 1:11 am|