Granite Mountains HP (Palen-McCoy Wilderness) Climber's Log

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gimpilator - May 5, 2017 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2017

70 Peaks In 30 Days  Sucess!

This was part of a month long mostly solo peakbagging trip in which I hiked every day, and got 70 peaks in 30 days. Granite is a nice peak, but not as nice as Palen. My friend Greg and I spent an hour with two shovels repairing the washed out road and were able to drive to Packard Well for a round-trip hike of only 6 miles.

For numerous photos and brief route descriptions see the trip report.


jdmorehouse - Jan 1, 2017 9:40 am Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2016

2nd Ascent  Sucess!

The road in hasn't gotten any better! A 30% chance of rain turned into 100%. Rain all the way down from the summit to the truck. Still great views from this peak, even with the rain.


jdmorehouse - Feb 9, 2015 11:23 am Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2015

4WD  Sucess!

The road from the west is definitely 4WD. Don't even think about driving out here in a 2WD or even an all wheel drive. The sand comes first, then numerous washouts, each one is worst than the last. The climb itself is over rough terrain and any route up is going to be a challenge. Great views, though, if you're lucky enough to have a clear day.


MoapaPk - Dec 14, 2013 5:38 pm Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2013

DPS C on a VERY windy day  Sucess!

Cold all the way. For Palen: Winds near 50 mph on summit made the footing seems a little iffy at times. DPS C is beautiful; but the catclaws are everywhere. Started about 2 miles below the 2wd parking. For Granite #2: Winds a bit milder.


cab - Dec 9, 2013 10:59 am Date Climbed: Dec 8, 2013

DPS Route A  Sucess!

Not the most exciting hike ever, but expansive views from the summit, especially for a peak that's only 4,331 feet. We had planned on doing Palen in the afternoon, but our group was moving a little too slowly. Decided to make it an early day and head home instead.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Jan 5, 2011 12:43 pm Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2008

From Packard Well  Sucess!

With Matthew and Evan in Evan's truck, with the help of a shovel and clippers. Trip Report


mrchad9 - Mar 14, 2010 9:20 pm Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2010

From Packard Well  Sucess!

Yup- definitely need 4x4 for this one... with a Tacoma managed to make it over Palen Pass from the west and start at Packard Well. Was a great hike with perfect conditions. Dennis is right about dragging rear bumpers, managed to bend up the electrical plug for my trailer hitch- guess I'll have to buy that boat another day...

Dennis's maps are also useful. Heading up the ridge is likely the best way to go.

Iron Hiker

Iron Hiker - Jan 29, 2010 1:54 am Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2010

Adventure stuck in the desert - 4WD MANDATORY!

Attempted to "try out" the sandy road to Granite's base in my 2wd and got stuck 2.5 miles down it. Took me almost 48 hours to get myself out (with the help of a friend who drove out from San Diego) and back to civilization. Very surreal experience, and extremely humbling, being out in the middle of nowhere, but glad I eventually escaped!

DO NOT DO THIS ROAD WITHOUT A 4WD! Earlier warnings are correct, and you will CERTAINLY get stuck if you go down it in a normal car! Hopefully nobody else will undergo the same fate as mine.....


gimpilator - Feb 17, 2017 9:51 am

Re: Adventure stuck in the desert - 4WD MANDATORY!

Thanks for sharing your experience. I've wanted to do Granite and Palen for some time now, but I'm afraid to try it, even with my Subaru.

Iron Hiker

Iron Hiker - Feb 23, 2017 4:33 pm

Re: Adventure stuck in the desert - 4WD MANDATORY!

Yeah, it was pretty dumb for me to have tried that, in retrospect...... I have a 4wd Tacoma now which *could* do the trick, but since I live in Maine now I probably won't get the chance for a rematch! ;-) 7 years ago, it's been a long time......

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Mar 24, 2008 10:38 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2008

South Ridge  Sucess!

Long hike on a nice day. I'm glad it wasn't hot...

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