I would actually say that Granite Peak on the SW Couloir gets up to at least a class 4 climb even in the best of conditions. I just climbed it in mid-August and there was still too much snow to avoid 5th class climbing so we had to turn around at about 12,400 or so in the couloir. Not sure if it will completely melt out at all this year but maybe. I saw on a summitpost page a claim that an agile dog could climb it--I would have to strongly disagree. If there's a dog that could climb up some of the pitches I had to ascend the owner should really get him into show business. Even before I got up to where snow blocked the way there were parts that were pretty tricky for the typical hiker but for any experienced climber there would probably be no problem. I'm more of a hiker than a climber but I'm comfortable scrambling on semi-exposed terrain. I was caught off guard though after reading descriptions of this being basically a walk up. That said I'm sure I would of made it if the snow had melted out-now I'll just have to go back sometime.
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