Similar experience to Glen. Much of the hike is bouldering make sure you have ankle support if you need it and soled shoes. Granite Peak, with an elevation of 12,803″, is Montana’s highest peak. It was much safer than it looks in some of the photos, which were taken from a distance. The head-badge was often crooked and off-center. Mystic Lake Trailhead Directions: “Granite Peak is one of the few mountains I’ve climbed multiple times,” Lemke added. On the plateau there is no trail just walk south until you see Granite Peak and head that way. To see my blog, go to bigskywalker.com. This route is difficult to navigate with a pack between the Mystic Lake trail and Avalanche Lake. If you want to climb granite peak go up on froze to death plateau via trail 17. Get in touch with our friendly leasing team to learn more about Granite … As a result, after making the 240-mile drive to the trailhead, we didn’t start hiking until 2 pm. The positive energy from our accomplishment sustained us, and we enjoyed an incredible view of the night sky. The heat from these later intrusives metamorphosed the granite, fracturing it and making it … but it can be reached with good rout finding and some easy, short, rock climbing. Once you pass Froze-To-Death mountain, you will begin to see Granite Peak peaking over the edge of the plateau. The actual climb is a challenging ascent, rated a class 4 in its upper reaches. The route shown from Princess Lake to Avalanche Lake is basically impassable without climbing gear. See this route and plan your own adventure with komoot! A small alpine lake you'll pass on the way up. 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). ture ever; the weekend in July 2013 when my friend (Rick) and I climbed the highest peak in Montana. For most of the way there is no trail. 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. Short of … The connector trail is about 1.0 mile in length. Best done in early or late season to avoid the crowds. The bike was considered unsafe and was returned. 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. 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. Dan’s excellent driving technique through mud, over rocks and across ditches had Eric howling in delight and Yvonne biting her nails. Keep your eye out for Carins. Granite Peak: Great Place For Hiking/Skiing - See 288 traveler reviews, 58 candid photos, and great deals for Wausau, WI, at Tripadvisor. Made it to the tippy-top at 9:00am. Granite Peak under ominous leaden clouds, from the slope of Froze-to-Death plateau (1991-08-26). On Sunday Eric Parsons, Dan Boccia, Yvonne & I climbed the Southwest Ridge Granite Peak (6729′). 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 hike back down to the trailhead is a pounding test of endurance. One expert received his Granite Peak with open holes in the welds on the seat-tube and chain-stays, where the frame was separating. Our family has been visiting Granite Peak Skiing resort for the past 3 years now and can’t wait to go back. 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). The traverse was actually the least sketchy part between the plateau and the summit. As we wandered in the general direction of our tent we alternated resting, shivering, and walking around to keep warm. The southern peak is 8699 feet, while the northern peak is slightly shorter at 8499. Many parties choose to take a rope and harness/belay device to rappel the route's 4th and 5th class sections. It departs the Stoney Ridge trail just below Red Mountain Meadows (around the 42nd switchback from the wilderness boundary). 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. This is a wonderful two day climb through beautiful alpine lakes with lots of mountain goats to see along the way. Packed up camp and made it out to the parking lot at 11:00pm. 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. 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. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. This formidable mountain is located in the heart of the remote and scenic Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, just north of Yellowstone National Park. 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. They sometimes sheared off or rounded the axle, pointing in the same direction. Be prepared for serious boulder hopping for several miles along Avalanche Lake. 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. And if not, what is the camping like nearby? Climbing the scree slope above Avalanche Lake towards a glaciated slope ahead. 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. 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. It's hard to describe a trail from here to the top of the plateau because there isn't one. It was an exhilarating 5 hours, and our time on the summit was great as well. 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. It's also considered by some to be the second most difficult state high point to summit after Denali. There is a small area at the southern tip of Avalanche Lake to overnight, but probably 3 tents, max! Trail Guide Best Trails & Photos. Turn left here follow the dirt road for 14 miles (West Rosebud Lake Road #17) until you reach the trailhead. This is not a trail. 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Meanwhile, a totally separate accident left another climber with head injuries when he fell off the snow bridge into a steep ravine. Is it possible to park a motorhome at the trailhead? It won't be till after you have begun climbing up and away from the lake that you'll get glimpses of Granite. Enjoy! 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. To give some perspective, the highest point in Glacier National Park is 10,466 feet, over 2,000ft shorter than Granite. ( Log Out /  The northern peak has slightly better views of Emerald Bay, but the southern peak is higher and offers better views of Desolation. Is it narrow? 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. Wonderful photos! 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. 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. 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. Located in Wausau - we are proud to partner with some of the best lodging properties located just minutes from the resort. Trail is easy until after the lake then the switchbacks start. ( Log Out /  High quality Granite Peak gifts and merchandise. Eventually we figured out where we were, and were able to scramble up and over to the snow bridge. Not recommended for beginners or hikers who fear exposure. 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 Avoid the urge to head directly to Granite Peak. Granite Peak lies deep in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. The junction is signed. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. Komoot user Dylan recorded a hike: Granite Peak. It highlights how easily things can go wrong even for competent and experienced hikers. West Rosebud Trailhead. Self-inflicted difficulties. From there, we retraced our journey back to Froze to Death Plateau. I enjoyed reading about your adventure, and good for you for admitting mistakes. 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. All approaches to Granite are long and rough, largely off-trail above tree line, which is below 10,000' feet in this area. Keep your eyes out for mountain goats. Long day, but it was amazing! We arrived back in Helena early Monday evening, both considerably smarter than when we started our adventure the previous Friday. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Attempted July 4th weekend but a storm rolled in. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Nonetheless, I’ve never been so happy to see a sunrise in my life! View all posts by bigskywalker. The standard and "easiest" route, the East Ridge, requires class 4+ to low class 5 climbing. 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. I have rappelled down this section but I would not recommend up climbing it as it is very loose and very steep. Granite Peak (12,799') is the highest peak in Montana. Everything about climbing Granite Peak (elevation: 12,799 feet) is hard. Cranks were thin. At 12,808, it towers above the majority of other peaks in Montana. Change ). This summit can be done safely, but requires preparation, experience, and proper gear. The facility is clean with great staff and food. There are a couple of different ways to approach Granite Peak. Lying deep within the rugged Beartooth Wilderness, it is surely one of the most difficult of the 50 state high points. Mistake #2: No GPS unit. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Restaurants, bars, ice skating, indoor water parks and arcades are just minutes away to enhance your vacation with us. Sunday was extremely relaxing. This is navigating through 7 miles of raw wilderness composed of loose skree, giant boulders, and bush walking. I have never had a bad hiking experience until trying this. Left at 10:00am and made it to to Froze to Death plateau at 5:00. Granite Peak hems in the east side of Red Mountain Meadow. Get the app Granite Peak Intermediate. The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. Tighten down your pack as you’ll be needing to jump over pretty deep chasms as you proceed. . 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. 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. Some also rope up for the ascent. No need to get on a plane to experience that family vacation. Once daylight came we were able to find the way back to our tent. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Camped at Froze to Death, started the ascent at 5:00am. From here drive southwest about a mile and then turn left (south) onto West Rosebud Road. If you are looking for snow, it is the place to go all the way into April. 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. 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. (Extremely frustrating with full packs!) The West Rosebud Trailhead is about 80 miles southwest of Billings. 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. (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) Dogs are also able to use this trail. It is a challenging climb requiring rock and snow mountaineering skills and has a lengthy and strenuous approach. Four of us climbed this Peak over Labor Day weekend. I would strongly advise a rope, harness, and possibly some trad gear (we built an anchor to cross the snow bridge). Granite Peak Multifamily is proud to offer professional, innovative property management services to our our customers. Confident that we would be back to our tents well before sunset, we hadn’t brought any sort of GPS tracking device. 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. This is a great story to tell once you are safely back, but I’m sure that Saturday night must have been scary. I can’t express enough how terrible of an experience this “trail” will be. Granite peak is the highest point in Montana. The approach hike to the base, no matter which route you take, is an arduous trek. It's a good idea to bring an ice axe and crampons for this part. Hike, bike, golf, fish, and ski until your heart’s content – all close to home. Granite Peak Ski Resort is a ski area in the Town of Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin, south of Wausau. There is no trail, so generally follow the huge cairns across the plateau, always keeping Froze-To-Death mountain on your left (south). However if you want to summit Granite Peak, I suggest going the Frozen-to-Death plateau route. Thanks, Caroline – I always appreciate your comments. There’s nothing like being on top of the highest peak in the state with very little wind and epic views in all directions. Things mellow out once on FTD plateau but don't underestimate FTD, stay high and keep an eye on the map. The highpoint of Montana over an amazing climb. Will attempt again through FTD. “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. 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. The Dam at the end of Mystic Lake and looking down the valley you drove up to get to the trailhead. Small hike, (3mi) to Mystic lake to camp for the first night. I hiked the whole thing in approach shoes and I would not recommend that! Weather changes very quickly so be prepared. From here the next 200 feet or so to the top looks impossible. Day one was W. Rosebud trailhead to Mystic Lake, then up "Switchbacks from Hell" and 1/2 way across Froze-To-Death Plateau. Plenty of parking and there are no fees. The day hike to the south peak of Maggie’s Peaks is an incredibly worthwhile challenge. The descent back to Froze to Death took 6 hours! 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. 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. Plateau route snow, it is surely one of the best views Montana. 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