Granite Mountain Lookout
Granite Mountain is fun but
challenging hike or winter scramble from 1800' at the parking lot to
5629' feet at the summit. Its close proximity to I-90 means cell
phones work and the sounds of the freeway are heard until sufficient
altitude is reached to put some distance between you and the
highway. Exit 47 is the starting place for many hikes to the Alpine
Lakes area including Ollalie Lake, Pratt Lake and many others.
The pictures I have here are of a
winter scramble up the southwest ridge direct to the top.
This route is a great training route which primarily why we go up it
as often as we do. Avalanche danger is minimal if you stay to the
ridge which means climbing up from the regular trail through the
trees until the ridge is gained. On most winter days you will be
greeted by a fierce wind scouring the snow off the ridge and
depositing it on the east side. Caution is advised at times when
snow loading is heavy. Many avalanches run down the gully's on the
south side so only go up or down them if conditions are very stable.