Winter Scramble - Granite Mountain (winter)

Granite via the Summer Route: not enough snow for snowshoes

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  • Sat, Nov 15, 2014
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Scrambling
  • Adults
  • Winter Scramble
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft

Meet at 7am at the Eastgate Park & Ride in Bellevue on the east side of the parking garage (

A trip report from today (Wednesday) says that the summer trail has little snow but has icy conditions up top. The current high pressure system makes it unlikely that there will be any significant snow accumulation between now and the weekend. Snowshoes are not needed but Micro Spikes, YakTrax, crampons or other boot traction devices are required.

If a bone-chilling wind is blowing we will spend little time at the summit but will instead descend until we find a sheltered spot where we can stop for a lunch break.


Granite Mountain (winter)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Micro Spikes, YakTrax, crampons or other boot traction devices are required.
  • Trekking poles are recommended.
  • The Ten Essentials
  • Ice Axe -- we won't need ice axes but lash one onto your pack anyway as training weight.
  • Gaiters are recommended notwithstanding what it says in the WTA report
  • Northwest Forest Pass for drivers
  • Winter has finally arrived. Bring gear for protecting the face and extremities from sustained icy winds.
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