Granite Mountain Trail

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Day Hike - Granite Mountain Trail

I like to call this: Granite Mountain slowly :-) I actually love this challenging hike even though I am a 58 year old asthmatic with bad knees. We will go slow enough to just enjoy this hike despite its challenges and, of course, to be able to pick huckleberries! (can anyone say "Huckleberry Pie"?)

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2 mph

Unfortunately, we must start early for this hike. The parking lot is small and gets full quickly especially in huckleberry season.

For those in the South Sound, the first meeting option is 6:00am at the  South Federal Way Park and Ride; 901 S 348th St., Federal Way, WA, 98003.   Second meeting option is  around 6:45am at the  Safeway in North Bend, 460 SW Mt Si Blvd, 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.   Because trailhead lot is limited, I would recommend meeting and then carpooling but, if needed, someone can  meet us at trailhead around 7:15am. 

Would like to get on the trail between 7:30 and 7:45am.

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

Although this is  a popular scrambling hike, I am not a scramble leader so we will be staying on the marked trail.  I typically hike just over 2.0mph but due to the elevation gain, we will likely go as slow as 1.5mph in some areas.  We will also likely go a little slower in the huckleberry field area which is about 1 mile of the 4 mile hike up to the top.  We can take time to pick and collect some huckleberries or just eat them.  They area great!  :-) 

For any one with concerns about the elevation of this hike, if you are able to hike  10-12 miles at a time you will likely be fine to do this hike if  we go slower than my normal rate which I expect.  If you do not like hiking 10-12 miles though, this hike may be too much for you . Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

OPTIONAL POST HIKE STOP:   Snoqualmie Falls Brewery  or  Sigillo Cellars Winery both in Snoqualmie, a 10 minute drive from the Safeway in North Bend (second meeting site).  I prefer the Brewery because more options for food and drink but sometimes it gets full and there is a wait.  Food is good at both places  though!

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Granite Mountain Trail


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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. Additional information per Hike Leader email to be sent out 2 or so days prior to hike. :-)
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