I summited Granite Peak via the standard route in July of 2011. The hike in was beauteful and the view from froze-to-death was awsome. Granite turned out to be easier than expected with fun easy scrambling up various chimneys. The trip took 2 days. We had ok weather, although we did get rained on several times.
Bivied about 2/3 across the ftd plateau. Left next morning around 7:30. summitted around 11:30 am. we descended with 2 other climbers whom were nice enough to let us use their rope to get down the class 4+/5 section.
Although our start from Avalanche Lake was delayed by morning rain, we had an uneventful ascent, only getting held up at one point (about 20 mins before reaching the keyhole)due to questioning our crux move ( because it is said: "if you think you need to rope up you're probably off course"). We had some rain and clouds close in on the way down making it a slick descent. We were REALLY glad to have an 8 mm Static rope to rappel some of the steeper sections in these conditions. Encountered no other parties our 3 days there and really relished the ability to take our time instead of making it a 2 day event(we hiked-in day 1, summmit day 2, hiked-out day 3).