Dayhike in perfect October weather. The top is indeed solid 4th class, and fun, though the approach is a slog. Trip report.
Read some great trip reports and hooked up w/SP's Redwic, hubby Photo61guy and Kevin for this climb from Lady of the Lakes Trailhead up the SW Ramp. Watched the weather closely and ended up delaying our trip in by 2 days, hoping the snow that fell the week before had melted enough. Most of the snow had melted however there was ice up the "Ramp" and easily 12" of snow up the summit ridge. Made for an exciting trip! Easily the most beautiful approach hike in that I have experienced in 40+ years of enjoying the outdoors as we had clear skies and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Would go back again to take non-climbing friends up to the Skytop Basin. A few mountain goats at our camp and bear and moose tracks by the Lady of the Lakes but no sightings. Thanks Redwic for letting us come along!
This was my 48th and final State Highpoint in the Contiguous USA. Joel, Alison, and Kevin were all great climbing partners. We summited via the "Southwest Ramp" approach... which I totally endorse and recommend despite the less-than-ideal icy conditions we experienced.
Left Lady of the Lake trailhead in the morning and made the summit that evening via the southwest ramp.
Long approach to high camp on a day of gale force winds. But had beautiful skies. Perfect summit day. Nobody else around. Climbed with Dustin, his third summit and my first summit but second try. Awesome adventure.
Standard route, from Mystic Lake
Climbed on my b-day it was great.
Standard Route from standard high camp as a 4 day trip/climb with JHMG. 2 nights before, 1 night after the summit climb and down on the 4th day. Great climb, mountain goats would not leave us alone at high camp! Got down from summit to high camp just in time to avoid a hailstorm. Beautiful hike up, but quite a haul!
Climbed via the Sky Top basin and SW coulior. Back pack in was tiring with tons of boulders, stream crossings, and lakes. We camped at the first Sky top lake, just above Rough Lake. Summit day was uneventful on the way up. There was a lot of loose rock in the chute. Although the scrambling is straight forward for experienced climbers, the loose rock is a serious issue. I would consider a helmet mandatory. Climbers should take care if they are in large groups or there are multiple groups in the coulior. We had the chute to ourselves, but it would have been VERY DANGEROUS if there are multiple groups in the chute at the same time. It is definitely a bowling alley. Found one rope and one webbing anchor in the chute. The rope appeared damaged and frayed. We did not use either anchor. Made it to the summit and back to camp in 6 hours. Packed up and hiked back to car in same day as summit. Rained on us the entire way out. We ran into a black bear on the trail near the Grouse Creek Jeep Trail and Lady of the Lake trail junction. There was about 50 feet between us and the bear. The bear ran away and wanted nothing to do with us, but still it was a nervous moment
Great climb with my brothers. Tried this peak one other time and got turned back from bad conditions on the standard route from West rosebud. Coming in on Sky Top Creek and up the Southwest Couloir is the way to go. I will be back again!
Climbed with several family members Labor Day weekend. Stood on top at 2:00 PM with no clouds and no wind. Perfect day. The loose rock in the couloir is DANGEROUS. Take cover if anyone above you is moving in the couloir. Make sure people below you are taking cover if you are moving in the couloir.
This peak is way intense. class 4 climbing and rappelling at its finest!!
We approached via Huckleberry Creek and Avalanche Lake. The approach was terrible, but it wasn't the best either. Lots of schwacking above Princess Lake and the trail is absent from there on out. We stayed at the camp spot but the unnamed pond above Cold Pond. This was a great place to stay. We then did Granite from here after. The talus below Avalanche Lake is terrible. Above it was equally as bad. I would recommend taking crampons and taking the side of the glacier up to the Bicouvac Saddle. That would have been amazing. Climbing Granite and descending it went smoothly. We used a rope for a handline on the way down. We then took Froze to Death on the way down (we stashed our overnight stuff at the saddle). I would highly recommend doing Granite this way. Navigation on FTD wasn't that hard on the way down
You're killing me lol....Here I am advocating for the Huckleberry Creek approach and you belittle it ;)
I climbed the peak and proposed to my girlfriend on top with a guitar. After getting back to base camp, somehow we managed to leave the engagement ring in a box with a guitar pick and tuner at the base camp on one of the rock shelter walls. If anyone has found it please let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Standard route, perfect weather.
I just noticed I never signed this climber's log! I climbed with Tim (musicman82) on an interesting July day. It looked stormy in the morning but it cleared up just as we reached the summit. Couldn't have been better timing. There was some super sketchy ice in the coulior that got the adrenaline going but the summit view was fabulous.
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.
Sat out a very rough day at the glacial lake just below the SW Couloir and luckily had a weather day for an attempt the next day. Ended up snowing for a couple hours the night before (after raining and hailing all day). Headed up mid-morning in not much better weather, but soon turned into clear blue skies. A fresh coat of snow and ice made the chute much more interesting!
Spent 3 days on the plateau but didn't summit due to weather. Some incredible lightning, wind, groppel, and snow. A great adventure, but need to go back next year and summit!