Granite Mountain Trail


Alpine Scramble - Granite Mountain Trail

Scramble to the peak with a fire look out and great views in an Alpine setting. Preference is given to Olympia Branch Scrambling Course graduates in the first week of registration. Excellent skill building experience for those wishing to improve rock scrambling skills. Our goals are to be safe, stay together and have fun. Assistant Leader role is open for those who needs a mentored trip.

  • Strenuous 3, Technical 2, Strenuous, Winter Scramble
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 - 2.5 mph

We need to meet early at the Denny Creek/Pratt Lake trail head because parking is very limited. Meet at  6 am geared up and ready to go. 

Our trip goals are to be safe, stay together and have fun. Leader permission is required because of the need to know you can do this moderately challenging hike.

This trip is like hiking in the Italian Dolomites in that we reach beautiful alpine meadows above tree line. 

My style is to be inclusive of beginning and experienced scramblers and to encourage group interactions. As a long term rock climber, I am happy to provide tips and answer questions about scrambling: route finding through a boulder field, hand and foot placements for security, gear, etc. Just ask for info as needed. 

This trip is a series of three to build confident negotiating rock scrambles:

Trip 1: Granite Peak

Trip 2: Pinnacle Peak in  Mount Rainier National Park. This has a bit of exposure and we carry a rope for safety purposes, especially the down climb. Prussik slings and seat harness or slings required. Scheduled for July 20th.  

Trip 3: Mount Washington in the Olympics. This has a bit of exposure across a gully and traversing to the summit to improve your skills with stance, hand and foot holds and gain confidence with a degree of exposure. Scheduled for August 3rd. 


Granite Mountain Trail

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