Granite Peak Climber's Log

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Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Sep 6, 2023 9:23 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2023

Southwest ramp solo one day push  Sucess!

Great day out- moody clouds weren’t threatening. Snow and verglas choked the ramp and made it treacherous. Did fine without traction aids, but would not recommend climbing in these conditions unless you are very confident (and have the skills to match!).


yadahzoemtn - Aug 24, 2022 10:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2022

Third Times the charm  Sucess!

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.


Moogie737 - Aug 22, 2022 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2022

Both routes now checked off  Sucess!

#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.


triyoda - Aug 15, 2021 11:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2021

Planet Granite  Sucess!

solo ascent via FTD. Amazing and challenging climb.

Kyle Van Vleet

Kyle Van Vleet - Jun 30, 2021 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2021

Granite Peak  Sucess!

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.

Chickenonabun - Sep 7, 2020 1:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2020

great success  Sucess!

Via SW Ramp, smoky view from the top. Saw helicopter doing rescue the night before and morning of, apparently there was a death.


Woodswalker - Aug 19, 2020 10:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2020

Southwest Couloir  Sucess!

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.


jcscratch1 - Aug 19, 2020 4:35 pm

Re: Southwest Couloir

Gonna be there Sept 5-7. Did you need climbing gear going up the ramp?


Woodswalker - Aug 20, 2020 2:15 pm

Re: Southwest Couloir

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.


guerinak - May 22, 2020 7:01 am

First trip post ACL  Sucess!

Climbed in 3 days 5 months after ACL reconstruction. Challenging but fun climb! - May 8, 2020 11:38 am Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2019

SW Couloir - Not a Fan  Sucess!

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.


freedeep - Mar 22, 2020 4:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 1999

Always a great hike  Sucess!

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.


jake_the_snake - Oct 1, 2019 2:11 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2019

Failure in May - snow conditions less than ideal.

Failure in May - snow conditions less than ideal.


bluecappo - Jun 18, 2019 12:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2016

The climb that became an epic fishing trip

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.


billydheyhey - Nov 19, 2018 7:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2016

HP #16!  Sucess!

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. - Aug 28, 2018 2:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2018

Great climb & Hike  Sucess!

Went in thru Cooke City, MT beautiful, good weather


McCannster - Aug 21, 2018 7:19 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2018

State highpoint #36  Sucess!

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.


mfox79 - Aug 19, 2018 2:11 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2018

S.W. Couloir 3rd Times a charm  Sucess!

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.


BrackenVSpencer - Aug 13, 2018 12:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2018

7th attempt finally ends in success!  Sucess!

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!! <><


huskertriguy - Aug 1, 2018 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2018

SW Ramp, State Highpoint #45  Sucess!

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.

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