I have tried to summit this mountain two other times from the South approach starting at the Lady of the Lake Trailhead. I got within 120 vertical feet and turned around. This time I went in from West Rosebud Trailhead with Beartooth Mountain Guide, JT. We had a successful summit and beautiful weather. Froze to Death Plateau was amazing. We experienced very different terrain on the North side approach. The technical climbing was 5.FUN. I giggled most of the way up. We spent four days, three nights on the mountain.
#1 August 14, 2009 with Joe Bullough. SW Couloir route. Camped at Lower Aero Lake, summit day was 14 hours. I have a trip report on my SP page. #2 August 19, 2022 with Lana & JT. From West Rosebud TH over the F-t-D plateau. Absolutely astounding. JT was our guide (Beartooth Mountain Guides in Red Lodge) and his skills were beyond reproach. This route is so much more complicated than the SW Couloir route there is no comparison. Don't underestimate this beast.
solo ascent via FTD. Amazing and challenging climb.
What a beautiful mountain and area in general. Thankful to have stood on top of this one on the last day of spring. The views were mind-blowing!! What an epic trip.
Via SW Ramp, smoky view from the top. Saw helicopter doing rescue the night before and morning of, apparently there was a death.
Just needed microspikes to go across a couple of snow fields before the ramp. Other than that a helmet for rock fall. No climbing gear needed for ramp.
Gonna be there Sept 5-7. Did you need climbing gear going up the ramp?
Camped above Sky Top Lakes. Made it to the summit in 3 hours. Nice weather but very windy at top. Great climb. I had attempted Granite previously by way of the Froze-to-Death route.
Climbed in 3 days 5 months after ACL reconstruction. Challenging but fun climb!
Camped at upper Aero Lakes then got up early and went up the SW couloir. There was a little bit of snow, making some sections sketchier, and others easier. Overall the SW couloir is very dangerous - rockfall hazard the whole way and multiple moments of massive exposure. I will never do this route again. Hire a guide to take you up the East ridge, which is all solid rock.
I have been to the summit of Granite Peak and its sister peak to the west, they are both great hikes.
The first time my brother and I climbed Granite Pk was in training for Mt Rainier. We approached Granite from the Tempest side.
Years later friends and I would climb Granite, then camp near the summit of Tempest Mtn, timing the hike out so we would be caught in a bad weather forecast, so we could experience the full furry of the approaching storms while on the plateau.
Anyway you look at it, the area is great fun.
Failure in May - snow conditions less than ideal.
No success for us this time after making it to the end of the plateau and one of our members having some issues. However we came prepared to fish and Lowary Lake didn't disappoint. Maybe also set the record for the most back-country game of frisbee golf ever played.
Beautiful hike, scary summit day... especially given someone died on the mountain the night before we summited (R.I.P. Thomas Pfeiffle). The rock fall is a real hazard on this mountain.
Went in thru Cooke City, MT beautiful, good weather
With Steve. Glad to have successfully nabbed this one on the first try, as it seems lots of folks get shutdown on their first attempts. Approached via the Huckleberry Creek drainage, which wasn't too bad. Left W Rosebud in the afternoon, camped at Princess Lake, and climbed and hiked back out the second day. Really beautiful, rugged country up there, and fun scrambling on the peak. Weather was perfect on summit day (smokey though). Had the entire place to ourselves. Would like to return to this area.
We left camp at Rough Lake at 4:15AM and summited out at 11:00 and back to camp by 6:00PM the afternoon thunderheads started forming the moment I topped out so I sadly didn't have much time to take in the views. this was a very long day but a very enjoyable scramble. I'd like to try the route up from Rosebud next time. this is truly amazing country that makes one feel very small.
Had made six prior unsuccessful attempts due to weather, altitude of others in the party and once for hitting turn-around time. Finally made it with two outstanding guys, started at 4:00 am, watched the Perseid meteor shower over Granite while descending the face of Tempest, were on the summit by 9:30 and back to camp just after 14:00!! A great day, a great climb! God is Good!! <><
I have never experienced such a beautiful summit day anywhere. We definitely lucked out. And only 4 people total summited, so we had it to ourselves.
Camped at 10.4k feet near the highest of the Sky Top lakes.
Be aware that the SW ramp earns its nickname as "the bowling alley." Rockfall is inevitable. Multiple parties on this route at one time could be quite sketchy. Exposure on the higher portions of the route is significant. This is not a mountain on which to acquire experience; prior technical climbs should be mandatory.
SW ramp via the Skytop Creek in two days: camped at the base and went all the way up and back to the car on day two. If I did it over again, I'd make it three days because I didn't really have a chance to enjoy the campsite or hike out on the second day to avoid getting stuck on the trail in the dark. Note: it's impossible to NOT cause small gravel slides on the way down that can turn into RL Donkey Kong further down the ramp, so know where other people are and yell even if you think you're alone.