Granite Mountain

Summit: 5629ft

8.6m 3800ft gain

This is one of the most popular mountains along I-90 because of it’s easy access and panoramic summit views. You’ll gain about 1,000ft per mile which in my world is pretty standard but a well maintained trail makes it a piece of cake!

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1st Trip: 8/23/17

A quick solo after-work hike. What I remember most about this day was seeing the start of the Jolly Mountain wildfire. The rest of the season saw a lot of smoke.

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Soaked in the views knowing the next month might not having any.

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Big views of Rainier and the neighbor Tusk O’Granite but the best sight from here is towards Kaleetan and Chair Peaks with Crystal and Denny Lakes below.

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2nd Trip: 10/5/2017

Another midweek hike after the wildfires calmed down. Went with my buddy Cole and his sweet dog Molly! Enjoyed the fall colors and sunset.

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3rd Trip: 10/10/19

Yet another midweek hike thanks to the easy access. Around the same time as 2 years ago but with a lot more snow. Joined by my dog Moose and the Kramer brothers. Moose is a big fan of the snow if you can’t tell.

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By far the clearest views from up here. I had no idea Glacier Peak was perfectly situated between Chair Peak and Bryant Peak in my favorite lineup of peaks.

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Kaleetan Peak looking glorious per usual.

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Mount Stuart and Hibox Mountain.

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Chikamin Peak and the top of Guye Peak.

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Chimney Rock, Mount Thomson, Red Mountain  and Lemah Mountain.

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Great easy hike!

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