Getting ThereAbout 11 miles southeast of Hoback Junction, look for a signed road heading north into the Granite Creek Recreation Area. This gravel-and-dirt road, which can be a little rough but is still passable for most passenger vehicles, follows Granite Creek for 10 miles to Granite Hot Springs, a popular spa (admission fee required). Along the way there are spectacular views of Granite Creek and the Gros Ventre Range.
7.5 miles up the road, look for a spur that makes a bridged crossing of Granite Creek. Turn here and follow signs for 0.1 mi to a trailhead. Find a spur road (usually closed) that makes a bridged crossing of Swift Creek. Just across the bridge, a sign indicates the beginning of Swift Creek Trail.
- South Face-- Bonney calls it Class 3, but I found it to be all Class 2 except for a short bit of 2+ near the summit block. It's a strenuous route, though, gaining over 4300' in just 2.5-3 miles.
- Antoinette-Open Door traverse-- If you stick to the crests of both ridges as much as possible, this is at least Class 4, with plenty of exposure and rotten rock. Good stuff! I'm fairly certain, though, that one could drop below the ridges and traverse on their west side and encounter nothing worse than Class 3, and only a very little of it than that, but that would be cheating. ;-) In any event, a day of climbing both these peaks will mean 9-10 miles and 5300-5500' of elevation gain.
When to ClimbSummer is best, but Granite Creek Road is open year-round (accessible by snowmobiles only in winter).
CampingGranite Creek Campground is a mile up the road from the trailhead. It is a large campground with running water and flush toilets. Sites cannot be reserved. The camping fee was $10 per night in July 2009.
Dispersed camping is widely available, and backcountry camping is free (and no permit is needed).