I first saw this approach to Granite Peak (12,799') while driving over Beartooth Pass with my family on our way to North Dakota for a family reunion. It wasn't until 15 years later when Splattski and I started going for state highpoints that we investigated this approach to Granite Peak. From Boise, it's about 450 miles to Cooke City and the southern approach. The northern approach is almost 650 miles. The difference in driving distances and some good beta from Summit Post on the southern approach made this an easy decision. We also wrestled with the thought of having to carry rock gear for a pitch or two of 4th and easy 5th class climbing on the traditional route. Don't take pro and you either commit or go home. Take it and not use it and it's nothing but dead weight. We liked the thought of going light so we left all of our climbing gear at home, grabbed a current NOAA report and blasted off for Cooke City.
Sept 13, 2007: ~8 miles to camp w/1400' of gain; 4 hours
Sept 14, 2007: ~7 miles w/2600' of gain to the summit, then ~14 miles to the car; 12 hours