Granite Mountain Trail


Day Hike - Granite Mountain Trail

Joint the Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking Committee on a great hike up the Granite Mountain Trail. It is a strenuous to very strenuous hike but worth it to see the views along the way and at the top. The fall colors are out to see also!

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  • Strenuous/Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2.0 mph

First meeting option is 7:00am at the  South Federal Way Park and Ride; 901 S 348th St., Federal Way, WA, 98003.   

Second meeting option is  at 8:00am  at the  East North Bend Park & Ride (called by locals as the 24 hour parking lot since that is what the sign says),  316 E North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045 .   We can consolidate in cars as appropriate and then drive to the trailhead that is just off I-90, Exit 47.   

Trailhead lot is limited so would recommend carpooling to there from the park and rides but, if needed, someone can  meet us at trailhead between 8:20 to 8:30am.   

Would like to get on the trail on or before 8:45am.  

PASS REQUIREMENT FOR TRAILHEAD PARKING:  Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Annual Pass (America the Beautiful Annual Pass is an interagency pass)

Leader's Notes

**This is not a scramble; I am not qualified to lead a scramble.   Therefore, we will stay on the hiking trail.**

**We will not be able to go up into the Granite Mountain Lookout building since it is closed for renovations but the views from the base of the lookout are just as good (lookout view is only about 12 feet above the base).**

Thoughts from 2 scouting hikes this month:   Although less than 9 miles, the elevation gain makes this hike pretty challenging and slow going for much of the hike.  When hiking with a group, expect this to be an all day hike.  The WTA description is pretty accurate.  Go to to read it if you wish.  In addition, I would like to say that it is mostly a trail with a few short sections of walking on rocks only, but the last half of the hike is going up and over lots of big rocks on the trail which I find super fun!

MAP:  Green Trails 207S - Snoqualmie Pass Gateway but I will have a map of the trail for all who wish.


Granite Mountain Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials +11

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. More information via email sent to participants 2 to 3 days prior to hike
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