Driving Directions: From I 90 take exit 47 to north side of Freeway. Turn left at T junction. Drive 1/2 mile to Pratt Lake Trail head.
Trail Notes: Granite Mountain is a blast. The trail itself is basically divided into three parts. The first part from the trailhead to the cutoff with the Granite Mountain spur is quite easy taking about 20-30 minutes. Not steep and gives the legs a little time to warm up. The second part of the trail, and the most difficult part is the following 30 minutes from the Mason trail Granite Mountain intersection. The steepness is more than usual for NW hikes and legs not accustomed to the uphill will feel fatigued in short order. Fortunately this section isn't that long, ending about the time the trail breaks out of the trees. When you break out of the trees you are rewarded with some nice views of the valley and what is ahead. Just remember if the going is tough go a little slower to find your pace. Once the trail has broken out of the trees the grade mellows a bit but still remains distinctly uphill. Seems the trail builders wanted to enjoy the view too after getting out of the trees.
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It's very strenuous hike.
Elevation Gained 3,800 Feet
Max Elevation 5,629 Feet
8.0 Miles Round Trip
Pace : Moderate Pace ( About 2 miles/hour )
NOTE: Only RSVP YES if you know you are going to attend. If your plans change, update your RSVP to NO as soon a possible to give someone else a chance to go in your place.
Directions: We will meet underneath the overpass at East gate Park and Ride . Bring some cash to cover the car pool fee. 15 cents per mile is suggested for riders.
Note: A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trail head.
We meet at park and ride at 6.30 AM. Meeting at one location makes it easier to coordinate.
People with no-show history and last minute cancellers are not welcome on my hikes.