This was a tough hike even to get to the benchmark. We went into this one prepared for an attempt on the Milford Needle but knew everything would have to go unbelievably smooth to make that happen. It was not the smoothest of hikes up to Granite Peak. It is a very rugged area and we were forced to be very deliberate in our route up to the top. There was a fair amount of standing around examining the area before proceeding and even then the going was slow due to the thick ground cover, the extensive bushwhacking, sections of scrambling, and a fair amount of snow to deal with. Nevertheless we reached the summit of Granite Peak in a little over 4 hours. But by then we were very short on time as we needed to be back in Delta by 4 pm. That coupled with the extremely cold temperatures on the summit ridge (likely negative 20 F with wind chill) we headed back down chalking this one up to an excellent recon hike for when we come back next time. Hiked with Ben Stokes, Greg Jagielski, and Frank Nederhand.