Granite Peak is Montana's highest mountain and it is judged to be the most difficult of the lower 48 highpoints to summit. It is a difficult scramble and many choose to rap two difficult sections on the way down. Despite being a difficult scramble the granite rock is infinitely nicer than our friable limestone. There are various trip reports , route descriptions and even an alternate moderate scramble from the SW which has a very long approach. Granite Peak is only 50m shorter than Mt. Robson so it is a substantial mountain. Having poured over numerous the trip reports I'm inclined to use the Frozen to Death Plateau approach, although open and exposed is really a high altitude hike about 20K long. Being over 3000m high, the plateau is subject to wild mountain weather with severe thunderstorms,hail,rain,sleet and snow. With that in mind I think mid to late August will offer the most settled weather and the greatest chance of summiting.
Granite Peak FTD Plateau approach
Granite Peak Forecast
13ergirl Granite climb
Required Items: Expedition gear, helmet, crampons,climbing harness,locking carabiner, ATc,mountaineering axe,food for 3 days. Sleeping bag (three season),sleeping pad,bivy bag,tarp and personal mess kit. We will share two stoves. Rentals(bivy,sleeping bag etc) are available at MEC and U of C.