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.