Granite Peak Climber's Log

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mad maximus

mad maximus - Aug 25, 2008 6:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

SW Couloir  Sucess!

Hiked in via Sky Top Creek with 2 friends and camped at the first Sky Top lake. Started late an ended up reaching the top a couple hours before dark. We ended up getting down just before sunset and waiting out night on the plateau rather than break our legs on the boulder field. Hiked out the next morning. I am not sure that any "agile dog" could climb this route with exception to underdog.


Alcas24 - Aug 18, 2008 2:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2008

Southwest Couloir  Sucess!

Hiked in with my girlfriend via Sky Top Creek and camped at Lone Elk Lake. I soloed the route from there. Didn't see a soul between Lone Elk and the summit. The route was pretty straightforward but there was one choke in the couloir that was covered in verglas and pretty unnerving. I was surprised to find 7 people on the summit, including a group from Billings doing some survey work. Amazing weather, not a hint of clouds or wind.


iceworm - Aug 14, 2008 1:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2008

a little bit of everything  Sucess!

approached from rosebud, quick and dirty, made camp by bivy on the col...not much water...summitted following day by 7:30am via 5.7 direct to the keyhole. Awesome climbing just wish it was longer! went out by huckleberry, rough boulder hopping...felt like more miles over boulders than over trail! Awesome mountain to be Montana's highest!


patascent - Aug 12, 2008 12:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

West Rosebud to the Keyhole Chimney (5.7)  Sucess!

Great 2-day climb from West Rosebud roadhead. Crossed Froze-to-Death Plateau early to beat the afternoon showers. Made high camp by 1 p.m. in a bivy spot at the base of a snow field...good water source there and it accomidated 6 tents. It started raining about 4 p.m.. Two more climbing parties showed up while we were eating dinner. Early to bed for a 4:30 a.m. start. Two rope teams of two. My partner and I climbed the 5.7 Keyhole Chimney which was super fun but only about 30-40 feet of roped climbing, the rest we just scrambled. Our other party roped up for a few short pitches on the 5.4 Standard Route. Made the summit my 8:30 a.m and it was a beautiful day. For the descent we only rapped one chimney and down climbed the rest. Made it back to high camp by noon, had lunch, packed up our tents and headed for the roadhead. Made it down to the parking area about 6:00 p.m. with a few light sprinkles near the end. Very enjoyable climb.

gajuhl - Aug 8, 2008 8:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008

great conditions  Sucess!

The approach up west rosebud to the east ridge is essentially snow-free (or snow is easily avoidable). The infamous and highly over-rated snow bridge is about 20 feet across; we took boots, crampons, and a picket, none of which we used. Enjoy!


Holsti97 - Aug 5, 2008 12:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Wild and windy!  Sucess!

Day 1:Climbed up switchbacks above Mystic Lake to base of Froze to Death Plateau. Day 2:Hiked across FTD Plateau to high camp. Wind tried to tear our tents down all night. Day 3:Weather looked nasty. High winds and rain. Waited an hour and made breakfast and then made a summit bid. Left at 7:00 AM. Weather improved as we climbed and we made the summit at about 11:30 AM. We rappeled down 3 pitches on the way down. It was a classic climb and perhaps the most difficult one ever for this Highpointer. Day 4:Hiked all the way out from high camp. A great 4 days with Tim, Jeffrey, Ben, Kathryn, and Nate. Ben bagged State highpoint #48 and Tim HP #47 on the trip! Had a celebratory beer at the Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, MT on the way back to Cody. HP #35 for me.

northface28 - Jul 22, 2008 2:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

ONE OF MANY  Sucess!

Climbed in 2 days via west rosebud. Stayed at high camp. Began the push at 5:00 am and made the summit around 8:00. Not as much exposure as anticipated. I wont take a rope next time.

wmokszycki - Jul 15, 2008 2:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2008

Afternoon Summit  Sucess!

After resting from a grueling 5 day trip to Gannett Peak, my brother and I left the Granite trailhead at 1:30PM and reached the first bivy site on the Froze to Death plateau at 7:30. The next morning we hiked to the 12,000' tent site, had lunch, and took a nap. The weather was so perfect, we decided to summit that afternoon, reaching it in 3.5 hours at 5PM. Thankfully we invested in carrying our crampons and ice axes! As novice technical rock climbers, we opted to scramble up and down as we had the mountain to ourselves.


NoSubas - Feb 25, 2008 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007

Fun, crowds  Sucess!

Great climb. Tent flattening wind. Be sure to do your business well below the tent/water collection area!!!!! It's getting a little weird up there. PS--there is a full size shovel behind that great big rock to the south.


jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 11:33 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2001



utclimber - Jan 12, 2008 7:26 pm

Perfect Weather  Sucess!

I climbed Granite Peak somewhere around 1999 or 2000. We approached from Avalanche Lake. Very spectacular peak, with endless boulder fields.


nbasford - Dec 31, 2007 12:03 am

Solo challnege  Sucess!

Very fun mountain to climb, definitely recommend


pintlerpro - Dec 28, 2007 6:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006

Granite Peak  Sucess!

Nice mountain ready for a winter try.helped two climbers one with a dislocated shoulder and the other with a broken toe on the way down.


wyomtman - Dec 12, 2007 12:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

Next time the Face  Sucess!

Standard route via froze-to-death. Did the long approach in one day and the climb and decent the next, with to good friends, Bill and Kevin. Cruised the route in the smoky haze with no problems.

MattGreene - Dec 1, 2007 6:36 pm

Fun!!!  Sucess!

I don't know what was better - the scenery and solitude of trekking across the Froze to Death Plateau, or the jungle-gym feel of climbing Granite. I loved this peak. The descent down the snowfield was fun, but conditions became a bit icy lower down, so I threw on a pair of crampons. Unfortunately, another climber had seen me glissading, and was trying it himself. The problem was I had an ice axe and he didn't. At one point he lost control, and I saw him slide an alarming distance on his stomach, punching and kicking the snow as he went. Luckily he hit a soft patch that saved his life.


stoltzd - Nov 23, 2007 10:39 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Great way to celebrate my 21st birthday  Sucess!

Took the Mystic Lake route to Avalanche lake (I have since taken the East Rosebud route to Froze-to-Death Plateau and it was much easier) I had a partner until we hit the saddle @ 12:45pm, then went on by myself to free-solo the beautiful mountain. Plan on climbing the mountain in January now.

Bruce S.

Bruce S. - Oct 2, 2007 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2007

Route Attempted: SW Couloir

Solo attempt via Sky Top Creek, from Lady of the Lake TH. A long, arduous approach (I estimate about twelve miles), featuring many hours of tedious rock-hopping over endless boulder fields (although I understand the Aero Lakes approach is actually more difficult). I was definitely slowed by inexperience and a too-heavy pack.

Reached the Cairn Mtn./Granite Peak saddle and the base of the SW face of Granite Peak about 10:30 am on August 1, after camping in a spectacular high camp in the upper Sky Top valley, east of the Villard/Pinnacles col and west of Cairn Mtn. Saw snow in my presumed route up to the diamond-shaped slab that guards the hidden SW couloir of Granite Peak, and made the decision that a solo scramble wasn't an acceptable risk. I will be back, lighter, smarter, hopefully not solo, and perhaps via one of the standard approaches.

Enjoyed perfect weather each day, but some rain every evening, including a lightning storm while in my high camp. Once above Lone Elk Lake, drank the water from Sky Top Creek untreated. Did not make it back to the TH on August 1st, instead camping, exhausted, at a beautiful campsite at the confluence of Star and Zimmer creeks.

If solitude is important to you, this may be the best approach to Granite Peak. I’m posting a couple of pictures on the Granite Peak page under SW Couloir route.


lonewolf2401 - Sep 14, 2007 12:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1987

Granite Peak  Sucess!

Hiked up the switchbacks from hell from Mystic solo. Made basecamp at the rock shelters the first night. Great weather and great climb up the standard east ridge. Had cached my pack at the col before summitting, and dropped down Huckleberry drainage for the second night. Bad move in many ways, good in others. The boulder field is the worst I have ever negotiated and camping sites were very limited at Avalanche Lake. The scenery was incredible! The third day, hiked down to Mystic Lake and was very happy I had not used this route on the approach! Since that memorable trip, I have returned to Granite five times, using the Aero Lakes approach to the south face twice. I plan on my seventh trip in 2008 when I will lead a group of friends up. Can't wait! Climb safe and happy trails

mad maximus

mad maximus - Sep 5, 2007 1:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2007


Climbed with two friends on FTD. Reached the saddle when clouds started pouring over Tempest. Not enough food for another day, will try again next year.


cackalackyclimber - Sep 4, 2007 12:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2003

Roasting on FTD  Sucess!

Relentless heat and sun beat down on us on the open tundra of FTD plateau. Hard to complain, though, when we enjoyed a couple of hours on the summit of a beautiful mountain with nobody else around!

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