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Winter Scramble - West Granite (winter)

W Granite (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
7:00 AM at Issaquah Transit Center

The goal of this trip will be to scramble Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass as well as West Granite if conditions permit. If the avy danger is "considerable", "high" or "extreme" below 5000' on the south facing slopes we will just do West Granite, which has minimal avy danger via the NW ridge.

MEETING PLACE:
Meet inside the Issquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.

GEAR:
- Ice Axe is always required.
- MSR Snowshoes are required. Call me if you have another brand that you feel provide as much traction.
- Crampons are absolutely required for this trip.(unless we just go to West Granite
- Helmet is optional but is recommended.
- Avalanche Becon is optional but is highly recommended.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe are optional, but we must have 4 of each for the group.
- Cars need a Northwest Forest Pass.

ROUTE:
We will park that the Granite / Prate Lake TH (exit 47). We will follow the trail 100 yards past the turn off to summer trail up Granite Mountain, then hike straight up through the trees. That gets us right on to the rocky rib of the steep south face. We will follow that to the summit. From there we traverse west over to West Granite (aka Tusk'O Granite). From there we will drop down through the trees to Ollalie Lake and follow the trail back to the cars.

TOPO:
Here is a link to printable map of the area, (the very center of which is Granite Mountain'): http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=47.415456,-121.486688&t;=t4&z;=15. If you have problems printing this, trying pasting a screen print into Microsoft Paint and print it from there.

NOTE: In the event of heavy nasty rain, the trip will change to an umbrella hike up either Mt Si or Tiger Mountain based on group interest.

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West Granite (winter)


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