Sunday was extremely relaxing. Long day, but it was amazing! Granite Peak under ominous leaden clouds, from the slope of Froze-to-Death plateau (1991-08-26). On the plateau there is no trail just walk south until you see Granite Peak and head that way. ( Log Out /  Even with App and GPS, trail seemed to be nonexistent and inconsistent. Rounding large Avalanche Lake you will start your final big climb at the end of it up glaciated slopes. We reached the start of the traverse at 7 am, and from there it took us 5 hours to reach the summit. This formidable mountain is located in the heart of the remote and scenic Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, just north of Yellowstone National Park. Avoid the urge to head directly to Granite Peak. Granite Peak Ski Resort is a ski area in the Town of Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin, south of Wausau. No need to get on a plane to experience that family vacation. The facility is clean with great staff and food. but it can be reached with good rout finding and some easy, short, rock climbing. (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) A super-restful day on Froze to Death Plateau. 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. Small hike, (3mi) to Mystic lake to camp for the first night. The day hike to the south peak of Maggie’s Peaks is an incredibly worthwhile challenge. 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. The route shown from Princess Lake to Avalanche Lake is basically impassable without climbing gear. Confident that we would be back to our tents well before sunset, we hadn’t brought any sort of GPS tracking device. Trail Guide Best Trails & Photos. From here the next 200 feet or so to the top looks impossible. Hike, bike, golf, fish, and ski until your heart’s content – all close to home. Wonderful photos! Once daylight came we were able to find the way back to our tent. The southern peak is 8699 feet, while the northern peak is slightly shorter at 8499. The traverse was actually the least sketchy part between the plateau and the summit. 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. ture ever; the weekend in July 2013 when my friend (Rick) and I climbed the highest peak in Montana. However if you want to summit Granite Peak, I suggest going the Frozen-to-Death plateau route. Weather changes very quickly so be prepared. It is a challenging climb requiring rock and snow mountaineering skills and has a lengthy and strenuous approach. The positive energy from our accomplishment sustained us, and we enjoyed an incredible view of the night sky. Camped at Froze to Death, started the ascent at 5:00am. The connector trail is about 1.0 mile in length. A great place to camp for the night before an early morning ascent on the summit. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. There are a couple of different ways to approach Granite Peak. Very tiring but one of the best hikes with the best views in Montana!! Dogs are also able to use this trail. 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. As a result, after making the 240-mile drive to the trailhead, we didn’t start hiking until 2 pm. From there, we retraced our journey back to Froze to Death Plateau. Not recommended for beginners or hikers who fear exposure. . Located in Wausau - we are proud to partner with some of the best lodging properties located just minutes from the resort. Granite peak is the highest point in Montana. At 12,808, it towers above the majority of other peaks in Montana. Short of … 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. 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. “Granite Peak is one of the few mountains I’ve climbed multiple times,” Lemke added. All combined, a total of 7 helicopter rescues were performed the next morning, because high winds prevented them from happening that evening. One that rewards you with countless panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Lying deep within the rugged Beartooth Wilderness, it is surely one of the most difficult of the 50 state high points. 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. This route is difficult to navigate with a pack between the Mystic Lake trail and Avalanche Lake. On Sunday Eric Parsons, Dan Boccia, Yvonne & I climbed the Southwest Ridge Granite Peak (6729′). Granite Peak Multifamily is proud to offer professional, innovative property management services to our our customers. 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. Thanks, Caroline – I always appreciate your comments. Here’s how the trip played out, one mistake at a time. It was much safer than it looks in some of the photos, which were taken from a distance. We arrived back in Helena early Monday evening, both considerably smarter than when we started our adventure the previous Friday. Many people bring ropes and pro for this part. The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. Plenty of parking and there are no fees. Is it narrow? 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. It's also considered by some to be the second most difficult state high point to summit after Denali. Granite Peak is situated in the remote wilderness of the Beartooth Mountain Range. “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. If you are looking for snow, it is the place to go all the way into April. We came from the West Rosebud and hiked the peak on September 2018. Should only be attempted by those with good mountain sense. Will attempt again through FTD. And if not, what is the camping like nearby? Best of all, outdoor adventures are always close at hand in Central Wyoming, which is known for its cowboy culture and rugged natural beauty. West Rosebud Trailhead. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Follow this paved road for just over 6 miles until reaching a fork. There’s nothing like being on top of the highest peak in the state with very little wind and epic views in all directions. I hiked the whole thing in approach shoes and I would not recommend that! Rick and I rose at 5 am Saturday morning and started hiking across the boulder field toward the Tempest Traverse. Once you pass Froze-To-Death mountain, you will begin to see Granite Peak peaking over the edge of the plateau. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Be prepared for serious boulder hopping for several miles along Avalanche Lake. This is an incredible hike! 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. 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