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Granite Mountain - Winter — Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Snoqualmie Region
Looking South
The trail starts out with substantial amounts of ice covering it which were quite slippery. I debated bringing my spikes and regretted not bringing them for most of the trail. The trail improves until the turn off to Granite Mountain where more sheets of ice cover the trail which are quite tricky to navigate (I fell rather hard on the way down here). From there on the trail can be done easily with spikes on your feet- not enough snow to warrant the use of snowshoes but extra traction is highly advised as it is compact and slippery. Some small trees are poking their branches across the trail- so watch out for your eyes. Once you reach the meadow, you will want snowshoes but a determined person can make it without them (not happily I will add). Once you reach the spine, there are parts that are rocky and hard to navigate with snowshoes and others that the snowshoes help a ton on. The snow is still only about 2ft deep and most of the old beargrass stems are poking through. If you decide to go along the summer route- there is a lot more snow there and not many tracks to follow. Overall it was a beautiful place to spend the changeover to the New Year and I barely slept as I was having too much fun taking photos!
Looking toward the North Star


Avery'sDad on Granite Mountain Snowshoe

Fantastic Photos. Thank you for sharing that.

Posted by:

Avery'sDad on Jan 01, 2015 04:28 PM


...those pictures!

Posted by:

richandmagan on Jan 02, 2015 11:31 AM

Time and Danger?

Thanks for the awesome report. Just curious how long it took to arrive to your destination and if you thought there was any avalanche danger?

Posted by:

willurban on Jan 02, 2015 02:18 PM

Re: Time and Danger:

Happy to help with reports when I find the time! It took us 3 hours I think- we had some issues with the slick trail and some of us had training packs on so it wasn't the lightest load possible. Avalanche danger was pretty much non-existent that day but I have a feeling it will change if it hasn't already. Still had bear grass and rocks poking through the snow (and no cornices) so we proceeded with caution but didn't feel unsafe :) Happy Trails!

Posted by:

Nathaniel on Jan 08, 2015 11:41 AM

Fabulous photos!

I did Granite on Tues (Dec 30). My trip report and a few pics from my phone are right below your report. Thanks for sharing your photos!

Posted by:

BriSyts on Jan 02, 2015 09:43 PM

Re:Fabulous photos:

You got some good captures up there!

Posted by:

Nathaniel on Jan 08, 2015 11:47 AM