July 4th Granite Peak Attempt
Granite Peak, 12799 ft, the highest peak in Montana. Some say the hardest of all the states high points to climb short of Alaska. The trail head is only 2 hours from my home and it felt like a good time to give it a try.
Our starting point was East Rosebud / Phantom Lake trail.
|East Rosebud Lake|
|Campsite day 1|
|Approaching 10140 ft Saddle|
After climbing nearly 4000 feet to the saddle, we enter the area known as Froze to Death Plateau.
|Inviting Welcome Sign|
|Start of trek across FTD Plateau|
|Getting closer, first look of Granite Peak|
|About 5 miles of trail-less, rocky terrain|
12000ft High Camp
|Home Sweet Home|
|Hanging Out with the Locals|
|View Looking North West|
|After dinner hike to top of 12478ft Tempest Mountain|
July 4th, Summit Day
|Early start, 4am wake up call|
|Full moon over Granite|
|Sunrise on the Beartooths|
Unfortunately this was all the further we got. I felt fine on the approach in and on the Tempest Peak hike the night before, but summit day I developed a slight nagging pain in one of my knees and we decided to abort the climb. I had no issues hiking out that day but the terrain was way less steep. Still, a great place to spend the 4th of July and when the time is right we will be going back to finish the climb.