Granite Lake and Granite Pass Trail

HARD 6 reviews
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Granite Lake and Granite Pass Trail is a 19.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kanawyers, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

19.1 miles
7,769 feet
Out & Back



nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

7 months ago

Man oh man! Hell of a trail! 4K ft to 10k ft elevation change was intense. 70 pound packs for all 4 of us we had no idea what we were in for. Then after camping the night at the top the next day we set out for granite pass and as we went through granite basin, thunder, lightning, hail... it turned to a nightmare real quick. Needless to say We never made it over the pass. And this hike I went on was 4 years ago around June. I will be attempting again this summer. Wish me luck.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

This hike kicked my butt! I tried to make it a Day Hike and wasn't ready for it! I would make it a 2day trip. Ran into a few Deers! Good weather, and trail is easy to stay on. I definitely plan to take another run at it when I'm in better shape.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wow such an amazing but difficult hike! I did this hike last year in August and it was hot! There are tons of switchbacks on this hike and the inclines are pretty relentless! Once you get to the top if granite basin though it's all worth it! you reach 10,000 ft and instantly the scenery completely changes and it is totally breathtaking. The basin has so much wildlife, massive meadows and several natural lakes that lie against the granite walls that are a bright green and so beautiful! And even though much of the hike is so difficult the views the entire time are spectacular! There was no snow when I went last year but because of this year's heavy snow pack I would expect there to still be snow on the trail this time and lots of creeks that might be a little swift crossing the path. I would definitely recommend this hike!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

First few miles are very exposed to the sun. The trail is fairly boring and pretty killer up until you get past the lip (8 miles in).

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