Granite Peak Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Granite Peak Trail is a 31.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fishtail, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

31.2 km
2,207 m
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers



The highpoint of Montana over an amazing climb. This 12,799 located in the Beartooth Mountain Range of Montana in the Rockies is one of the harder state highpoints to get due to the distance technical challenge of the last 200 feet of the summit block. When you get up there it will look impossible but if you can make it across the snow bridge safely there is a route you can scramble up to the summit. Some will want to bring a rope though with some protection so they can rappel down from the top. This is a wonderful two day climb through beautiful alpine lakes with lots of mountain goats to see along the way.

7 months ago

Is it possible to park a motorhome at the trailhead? And if not, what is the camping like nearby?

9 months ago

There are two routes from Mystic Lake, the first trailhead breaking off to the Southeast, shortly after the Mystic Lake dam, will take you up numerous switchbacks leading to a 6+ mile hike across froze-to-death plateau leading to the saddle approach. (Hint: stay high on the plateau, to the east, it has a tendency to push you lower, as you think you are heading more direct to the peak but this leads to getting out on the many peninsulas and can cause a lot of additional distance)

As far as the Princess Lake route that is shown, this can be a spectacular trip and, as stated, is much harder in full pack than the plateau route.

The route shown from Princess Lake to Avalanche Lake is basically impassable without climbing gear. I have rappelled down this section but I would not recommend up climbing it as it is very loose and very steep. (Extremely frustrating with full packs!)

A better route from Princess Lake is to follow the light trail from the west side of Princess Lake that follows the drainage from Snowball Lakes, then bear east, staying North of Storm Lake and around the Northern tip of Avalanche Lake, and then south along the eastern shoreline until reaching the approaches to the Granite Peak Saddle.

Be prepared for serious boulder hopping for several miles along Avalanche Lake. Tighten down your pack as you’ll be needing to jump over pretty deep chasms as you proceed.

There is a small area at the southern tip of Avalanche Lake to overnight, but probably 3 tents, max!


Sunday, August 06, 2017

A must do hike

Monday, July 24, 2017

This is an incredible hike! However if you want to summit Granite Peak, I suggest going the Frozen-to-Death plateau route. This route is difficult to navigate with a pack between the Mystic Lake trail and Avalanche Lake. It is beautiful though!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There is no trail to the top of granite peak. but it can be reached with good rout finding and some easy, short, rock climbing. Should only be attempted by those with good mountain sense. Best done in early or late season to avoid the crowds.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Amazing! Granite peak does require some easy rock climbing, Tempest mountain does not and is a great alternative if you have problems with granite. There isn't a trail all the way to the either so good rout finding skills are required.

Saturday, January 21, 2012