Komoot user Dylan recorded a hike: Granite Peak. The hike back down to the trailhead is a pounding test of endurance. Much of the hike is bouldering make sure you have ankle support if you need it and soled shoes. It departs the Stoney Ridge trail just below Red Mountain Meadows (around the 42nd switchback from the wilderness boundary). Best done in early or late season to avoid the crowds. It was much safer than it looks in some of the photos, which were taken from a distance. The USGS map, Granite Peak, is recommended for the hike across FTD plateau. Mystic Lake Trailhead Directions: There is no trail to the top of granite peak. After hiking out Monday morning we took a dip in East Rosebud Creek, then drove to the Grizzly Bar in Roscoe for a burger before heading back to Helena. A better route from Princess Lake is to follow the light trail from the west side of Princess Lake that follows the drainage from Snowball Lakes, then bear east, staying North of Storm Lake and around the Northern tip of Avalanche Lake, and then south along the eastern shoreline until reaching the approaches to the Granite Peak Saddle. The northern peak has slightly better views of Emerald Bay, but the southern peak is higher and offers better views of Desolation. Small hike, (3mi) to Mystic lake to camp for the first night. However, the Granite Peak trip was by far my most exciting adventure to date, primarily due to a series of mistakes Rick and I made along the way, and the fact that climbing Granite Peak is simply an awesome experience. Lying deep within the rugged Beartooth Wilderness, it is surely one of the most difficult of the 50 state high points. Is it possible to park a motorhome at the trailhead? ( Log Out /  All approaches to Granite are long and rough, largely off-trail above tree line, which is below 10,000' feet in this area. We left town at 7:30 am and by 8:30 were driving in circles in the maze of 4WD trails that are at the base of Granite. Granite Peak is home to: The only High Speed 6-pack Lift in Wisconsin with two additional high speed quads The Most Terrain in Wisconsin - Over 200 acres The Top Vertical in Wisconsin - 700' Drop ( Log Out /  Sunday was extremely relaxing. To see my blog, go to bigskywalker.com. No need to get on a plane to experience that family vacation. The southern peak is 8699 feet, while the northern peak is slightly shorter at 8499. This route is difficult to navigate with a pack between the Mystic Lake trail and Avalanche Lake. At 12,808, it towers above the majority of other peaks in Montana. Four of us climbed this Peak over Labor Day weekend. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Nordic Skating on the Mighty Mo near Helena, Kayaking on the Missouri River north of Helena, Peak-Bagging in the Little Rockies: Mission Peak & Indian Peak, Headquarters Pass to Our Lake Traverse west of Choteau, St. Mary Peak and Trapper Peak in the Bitterroots, Sacajawea – High Point in the Bridger Mountains, East & West St. Marys Peaks on the Flathead Reservation, Ice Cave in the Big Snowies south of Lewistown, Floral Park Traverse in Glacier Park: Logan Pass to Lake McDonald, Hike through the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington, Crown Mountain on the Rocky Mountain Front. Is there anyone wanting to team up and hike this please let me know I’m planning on hiking this at the end of Summer 2020. In addition, the Granite Peak trail is one of the few hikes in the Trinity Alps that makes a reasonable day hike, rather than an extending backcountry excursion. I have rappelled down this section but I would not recommend up climbing it as it is very loose and very steep. The junction is signed. ( Log Out /  As a result, after making the 240-mile drive to the trailhead, we didn’t start hiking until 2 pm. I have never had a bad hiking experience until trying this. We reached the start of the traverse at 7 am, and from there it took us 5 hours to reach the summit. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Web Map Links: Peakfinder Panorama GeoHack Links CalTopo MyTopo Bing Maps Google Maps Open Street Map: Prominence: Key Col Page (Detailed prominence information) Clean Prominence: 4759 ft/1450 m Optimistic Prominence: 4799 ft/1462 m Line Parent: Francs Peak Key Col: Colter Pass 8040 ft/2451 m We were both semi-prepared (head-lamps, extra layers, snacks), and fortunately it didn’t get too cold, nor did it rain. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The heat from these later intrusives metamorphosed the granite, fracturing it and making it … I hiked the whole thing in approach shoes and I would not recommend that! Get in touch with our friendly leasing team to learn more about Granite … As a result, this is one of the most heavily used trails in the Trinity Alps, exceeded only by the Canyon Creek and Granite Lake trails. Granite Peak under ominous leaden clouds, from the slope of Froze-to-Death plateau (1991-08-26). Many parties choose to take a rope and harness/belay device to rappel the route's 4th and 5th class sections. As we wandered in the general direction of our tent we alternated resting, shivering, and walking around to keep warm. The highpoint of Montana over an amazing climb. This is an incredible hike! Once you pass Froze-To-Death mountain, you will begin to see Granite Peak peaking over the edge of the plateau. Mistake #2: No GPS unit. Granite Peak Trail is a 19.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fishtail, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. High quality Granite Peak gifts and merchandise. The route shown from Princess Lake to Avalanche Lake is basically impassable without climbing gear. Rounding large Avalanche Lake you will start your final big climb at the end of it up glaciated slopes. Plenty of parking and there are no fees. Meanwhile, a totally separate accident left another climber with head injuries when he fell off the snow bridge into a steep ravine. It won't be till after you have begun climbing up and away from the lake that you'll get glimpses of Granite. There are a couple of different ways to approach Granite Peak. Many people bring ropes and pro for this part. (Hint: stay high on the plateau, to the east, it has a tendency to push you lower, as you think you are heading more direct to the peak but this leads to getting out on the many peninsulas and can cause a lot of additional distance) Get the app Granite Peak Intermediate. Benbow OHV Road: East Fishtail Creek Trail to Island Lake, Quinnebaugh Meadows and Sundance Lake via West Fork of Rock Creek Trail, Kersey Lake Trail to Rock Island Lake Trail, September Morn Lake via West Fork and Lake Fork Trail. ( Log Out /  This is a wonderful two day climb through beautiful alpine lakes with lots of mountain goats to see along the way. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. Granite Peak Trail is a 19.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fishtail, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The traverse was actually the least sketchy part between the plateau and the summit. Made it to the tippy-top at 9:00am. However if you want to summit Granite Peak, I suggest going the Frozen-to-Death plateau route. Camped at Froze to Death, started the ascent at 5:00am. This is our day hike up Granite Peak in the Beartooth Wilderness of Montana. This is not a trail. Granite Peak is Montana's highest point at 12,799 feet. In addition to long views along Lake Tahoe’s east and south shores, you’ll also see … Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake, Freel Peak, Mount Tallac, and aspects of Desolation Wilderness. Chief Mountain in the northeastern corner of Glacier Park was my favorite climbing experience of all time, and Ear Mountain near Choteau is a close second. Enjoy! A super-restful day on Froze to Death Plateau. Just a 4 1/2 hour drive from Chicago it’s easy to to plan a last minute weekend outing. Dan’s excellent driving technique through mud, over rocks and across ditches had Eric howling in delight and Yvonne biting her nails. The journey included a wonderful variety of challenges, including the traverse, trekking through a snow field, some steep hiking, an intimidating snow bridge, plenty of class 3 scrambling, and even a short stretch of class 4 climbing. From there, we retraced our journey back to Froze to Death Plateau. Take the Columbus exit from I-90, and then Montana Highway 78 through Absaroka and turn right (west) toward Fishtail which is about 17 miles from Columbus. Follow this paved road for just over 6 miles until reaching a fork. If you are looking for snow, it is the place to go all the way into April. Once daylight came we were able to find the way back to our tent. but it can be reached with good rout finding and some easy, short, rock climbing. Not recommended for beginners or hikers who fear exposure. Our group made it out safely, but only after spending the night on the trail due to a late start after helping the wounded as much as we could. The actual climb is a challenging ascent, rated a class 4 in its upper reaches. I can’t express enough how terrible of an experience this “trail” will be. This 12,799 located in the Beartooth Mountain Range of Montana in the Rockies is one of the harder state highpoints to get due to the distance technical challenge of the last 200 feet of the summit block. Jacobgearhart7@icloud.com. Nonetheless, I’ve never been so happy to see a sunrise in my life! It's a good idea to bring an ice axe and crampons for this part. Wonderful photos! It's hard to describe a trail from here to the top of the plateau because there isn't one. Granite Peak hems in the east side of Red Mountain Meadow. (Extremely frustrating with full packs!) This formidable mountain is located in the heart of the remote and scenic Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, just north of Yellowstone National Park. Although the hike from East Rosebud Lake to Froze to Death Plateau was incredibly scenic, we ran out of daylight and ended up camping a 2-3 miles short of where we wanted to – We had hoped to camp near the southern end of the plateau where the Tempest Traverse starts (see link to Photo Tour below). Trail is easy until after the lake then the switchbacks start. There is a small area at the southern tip of Avalanche Lake to overnight, but probably 3 tents, max! Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. Everything about climbing Granite Peak (elevation: 12,799 feet) is hard. Trail Guide Best Trails & Photos. The connector trail is about 1.0 mile in length. Sadly, on the way down another party of four experienced a death and another serious casualty during a rock avalanche down the "Chimney", as the first rappel point anchor rock broke loose. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is a great story to tell once you are safely back, but I’m sure that Saturday night must have been scary. I have completed everything East of Texas and looking for someone to hike this just don’t want to do it alone but I will if it comes down to it. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Similar experience to Glen. Some will want to bring a rope though with some protection so they can rappel down from the top. A small alpine lake you'll pass on the way up. As you follow the trail around this lake you will be amazed at the views. Very tiring but one of the best hikes with the best views in Montana!! Extend the Sunset Peak trail to include the Granite Peak route, but the shortage of water on either trail is a serious issue; Hike to Sunset Peak from Tamarack Saddle; From the shoulder of Granite Peak, continue on the ATV trail to the Stateline trail and Pear Lake. It is a challenging climb requiring rock and snow mountaineering skills and has a lengthy and strenuous approach. Eventually we figured out where we were, and were able to scramble up and over to the snow bridge. Top Hikes. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Cranks were thin. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. ture – adˈven(t)SHər, ədˈven(t)SHər an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. And if not, what is the camping like nearby? Granite Peak Ski Resort is a ski area in the Town of Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin, south of Wausau. Granite Peak, with an elevation of 12,803″, is Montana’s highest peak. Granite Peak lies deep in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. As the highest point in Montana, it’s a peak that’s been on the bucket list for a while. We arrived back in Helena early Monday evening, both considerably smarter than when we started our adventure the previous Friday. Left at 10:00am and made it to to Froze to Death plateau at 5:00. Things mellow out once on FTD plateau but don't underestimate FTD, stay high and keep an eye on the map. From here drive southwest about a mile and then turn left (south) onto West Rosebud Road. Self-inflicted difficulties. The positive energy from our accomplishment sustained us, and we enjoyed an incredible view of the night sky. Into the archives. Rick and I left Helena way too late that Friday morning (7/12/13), and we also stopped in Bozeman to pick up a few things. A Saturday night to remember. Will attempt again through FTD. The West Rosebud Trailhead is about 80 miles southwest of Billings. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help you to achieve your goals. One that rewards you with countless panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe Basin. All combined, a total of 7 helicopter rescues were performed the next morning, because high winds prevented them from happening that evening. Do not underestimate the risks, and I strongly advise staying out of the chimney (directly south of the peak), which is very prone to falling rocks (big and small). The approach hike to the base, no matter which route you take, is an arduous trek. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Mistake #3: Not paying attention. Even with App and GPS, trail seemed to be nonexistent and inconsistent. The Dam at the end of Mystic Lake and looking down the valley you drove up to get to the trailhead. Avoid the urge to head directly to Granite Peak. For this reason, Granite Peak is considered one of the more difficult US state highpoints. Rick and I were so focused on the prize that we didn’t pay enough attention to the route down. As far as the Princess Lake route that is shown, this can be a spectacular trip and, as stated, is much harder in full pack than the plateau route. Some also rope up for the ascent. The descent back to Froze to Death took 6 hours! But views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, deep blue Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it. Keep your eyes out for mountain goats. View all posts by bigskywalker. If you want to extend this hike, you can hike past the Maggie’s Peaks to the next fork in the trail and walk back to Eagle Lake. Granite Peak Trail is a 2.2 mile out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. Our penalty for going down the wrong way was that we ended up doing several rappels, which are not necessary if you simply descend the same way you come up. The day hike to the south peak of Maggie’s Peaks is an incredibly worthwhile challenge. We went so far as to print photos (taken by other climbers) to guide us up the correct route, but the photos were of no help guiding us back down – and we guessed incorrectly. ture ever; the weekend in July 2013 when my friend (Rick) and I climbed the highest peak in Montana. From here the next 200 feet or so to the top looks impossible. The granite mass that forms Granite peak was cut by subsequent intrusions of igneous rock – horizontal sills and vertical dikes of much more magnesium and iron rich (mafic) rock. I enjoyed reading about your adventure, and good for you for admitting mistakes. It highlights how easily things can go wrong even for competent and experienced hikers. Is it narrow? Be the first to rate! Day one was W. Rosebud trailhead to Mystic Lake, then up "Switchbacks from Hell" and 1/2 way across Froze-To-Death Plateau. I would strongly advise a rope, harness, and possibly some trad gear (we built an anchor to cross the snow bridge). Mistake #1: Late Start. Be sure once on froze to death you follow the trail and not make it harder by going to the south side of tempest! There is a very narrow snow bridge with a lot of exposure and it doesn't look like there is a route to the top but there is. Exhausted and relieved, we texted our wives to let them know we were going get home a day late. For most of the way there is no trail. That Tempest Traverse looks sketchy on the photos…long, steep drop! Tighten down your pack as you’ll be needing to jump over pretty deep chasms as you proceed. The head-badge was often crooked and off-center. To give some perspective, the highest point in Glacier National Park is 10,466 feet, over 2,000ft shorter than Granite. There is no trail, so generally follow the huge cairns across the plateau, always keeping Froze-To-Death mountain on your left (south). See this route and plan your own adventure with komoot! “Granite Peak is one of the few mountains I’ve climbed multiple times,” Lemke added. Below: This map marks hikes that have been featured on bigskywalker.com so far, including several in Glacier Park – Select full screen to expand, zoom in for more detail, or click on a marker for a link to the post. Hike, bike, golf, fish, and ski until your heart’s content – all close to home. Keep your eye out for Carins. The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. Located in the Beartooth Range in the Northern Rocky Mountains, Granite Peak lives up to it’s name as a large chunk of granite towering over southern Montana. Climbing the scree slope above Avalanche Lake towards a glaciated slope ahead. Granite Peak Multifamily is proud to offer professional, innovative property management services to our our customers. Day two started at 4:00am and we made the summit at 3:30pm via "The Crux" route. Grew up in Harlem (MT), married (Mardi), 4 grown children, retired - taught high school science 37 yrs (Helena High Earth Science 1994-2019), enjoy hiking, peak-bagging, trail-running, snow-shoeing, and kayaking. On Sunday Eric Parsons, Dan Boccia, Yvonne & I climbed the Southwest Ridge Granite Peak (6729′). This is navigating through 7 miles of raw wilderness composed of loose skree, giant boulders, and bush walking. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Here’s how the trip played out, one mistake at a time. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. When you get up there it will look impossible but if you can make it across the snow bridge safely there is a route you can scramble up to the summit. Our family has been visiting Granite Peak Skiing resort for the past 3 years now and can’t wait to go back. It offers 74 runs and 6 terrain parks as of 2011 and boasts a vertical drop of 700 feet (213 m). West Rosebud Trailhead. Best of all, outdoor adventures are always close at hand in Central Wyoming, which is known for its cowboy culture and rugged natural beauty. On the plateau there is no trail just walk south until you see Granite Peak and head that way. Rick and I rose at 5 am Saturday morning and started hiking across the boulder field toward the Tempest Traverse. This summit can be done safely, but requires preparation, experience, and proper gear. When the weather opened up in late September, Jeremy Wood and I decided to climb the East Ridge of Granite Peak in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness of the Custer National Forest. “It’s one of the most captivating mountains.” At an elevation of 12,808 feet, Granite Peak is Montana’s highest point and is considered one of the most difficult in the United States to summit because of the long hike to get to its base, a plateau known as Froze to Death. They sometimes sheared off or rounded the axle, pointing in the same direction. If you want to climb granite peak go up on froze to death plateau via trail 17. However, by the time we reached the plateau darkness had settled in, and we had no way of navigating back to our tent. Change ). Restaurants, bars, ice skating, indoor water parks and arcades are just minutes away to enhance your vacation with us. Short of … Should only be attempted by those with good mountain sense. Long day, but it was amazing! Granite Peak is the highest point in Montana and is considered one of the most difficult of the 50 state high points. Make sure to stay to the right after the 7 miles up Phantom Creek, as the trail disappears into the plateau and you may think you want to circle back on to Phantom but you don’t as that trail runs away towards East Rosebud. Turn left here follow the dirt road for 14 miles (West Rosebud Lake Road #17) until you reach the trailhead. Granite peak is the highest point in Montana. Granite Peak: Great Place For Hiking/Skiing - See 288 traveler reviews, 58 candid photos, and great deals for Wausau, WI, at Tripadvisor. Granite Peak is situated in the remote wilderness of the Beartooth Mountain Range. . There are two routes from Mystic Lake, the first trailhead breaking off to the Southeast, shortly after the Mystic Lake dam, will take you up numerous switchbacks leading to a 6+ mile hike across froze-to-death plateau leading to the saddle approach. The bike was considered unsafe and was returned. We came from the West Rosebud and hiked the peak on September 2018. The facility is clean with great staff and food. A great place to camp for the night before an early morning ascent on the summit. It is beautiful though! The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Day hiked it 8/6/19 and was an amazing experience that was well worth it!! One expert received his Granite Peak with open holes in the welds on the seat-tube and chain-stays, where the frame was separating. Granite Peak Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The standard and "easiest" route, the East Ridge, requires class 4+ to low class 5 climbing. Attempted July 4th weekend but a storm rolled in. Granite Peak (12,799') is the highest peak in Montana. Packed up camp and made it out to the parking lot at 11:00pm. Confident that we would be back to our tents well before sunset, we hadn’t brought any sort of GPS tracking device. Weather changes very quickly so be prepared. It's also considered by some to be the second most difficult state high point to summit after Denali. Granite Peak is your Wisconsin Winter Destination. It was an exhilarating 5 hours, and our time on the summit was great as well. Thanks, Caroline – I always appreciate your comments. Located in Wausau - we are proud to partner with some of the best lodging properties located just minutes from the resort. Be prepared for serious boulder hopping for several miles along Avalanche Lake. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. We napped most of the day, taking breaks to eat, enjoy short walks on the plateau, watch mountain goats, and appreciate the uniqueness of spending a beautiful summer day 11,400 feet above sea level. 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