Granite Mountain Trail

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Granite Mountain Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3631 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

Take a trek up to the lookout cabin at the top of this beautiful peak in Snoqualmie Pass Follow a very steep trail for 4 miles to the summit of this tall peak alongside I-90. You will have spectacular views from the top, where there is a fire tower, of the surrounding alpine lakes and peaks. You will also have a great view of Mt. Rainier towering above all the other peaks to the south.

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18 days ago

This one is definitely a hard one but for the view at the top it is totally worth it.
The distance mentioned here is little low i think. it must be more than 8 miles. First 2 miles is in the forest with total shade but the last 2 miles is open in the meadow and you should carry lot of water. The wild flowers are beautiful but the berries havn't started yet.
While close to the top at least last half a mile loads of bugs.
The last stretch is the toughest but once you drag yourself up you can see couple of lakes, Rainier and still some patches of snow on the top.

hiking
20 days ago

This hike has an excellent reward at the top! Having just done Mount Teneriffe last weekend, I much prefer Granite Mtn because of it's gradual climb with great views fairly often as opposed to the grand views found really only at the top of Mount Teneriffe (go do it anyway, beautiful summit view) with a tough ascent going up the shorter, but more challenging, new route. Rainier was in full view and was spectacular to see.

Annoying bugs are to be found and the dirt/sand that is all along the trail will get everywhere.

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21 days ago

21 days ago

Awesome trail with the last 1.5 hrs of the climb having some spectacular views!

26 days ago

Hiked back in mid June, no snow but the lookout was closed up. Not easy but extremely BEAUTIFUL!! Watch out for the flies once you leave the trees!!

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27 days ago

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28 days ago

Great hike semi difficult at first hard in the middle great reward at the end. Got to the top at 7:30 AM major bugs there no joke. Second time I've done this hike and will do it again for sure.

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28 days ago

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28 days ago

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28 days ago

Completed this hike this morning for the first time. Absolutely beautiful views and a plethora of different types of terrain to see from thick Forrest to large boulder fields and expansive meadows full of wildflowers. I left my truck in the parking lot at 7:15AM and made it to the fire look out at 9:25. I will be doing this again in the near future since I made it to the top and halfway back down before the skies cleared up. I would recommend not starting too early on an overcast morning that is expected to dissipate. There are a couple trails that dead end on the way up. If at any point you feel like you're not on the right trail, you're probably right. The only downfall in my opinion is the noise from I90, which is easily overlooked when you are enjoying all of the other accommodations this hike has to offer. I did it without poles and will not be doing that again.

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1 month ago

Started at the trailhead at 2:30pm. The first 1.5 miles was moderate but then it is all uphill after that. So many beautiful wildflowers and views on the way up. The trail is clear and in good shape all the way up. Still some some off to the right of the trail. The hike was challenging but so worth it once you make it to the lookout. Mt. Rainier and Baker were visible today and so beautiful! You can also see Pratt Lake right before you get to the lookout. Hiking shoes are a must for this trail. Poles are good for heading down. Made it back down to the car at 8:30pm. Amazing hike and I will definitely be back.

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1 month ago

Started at about 8:30 and the parking lot was already full. Luckily there's plenty of parking on the road next to I90. It was cloudy and not too warm. The trail was in good condition. There's still snow in the last half-mile that's not hard to cross. The trail branches off at times; follow the footprints and you should be okay. The wildflowers look great, and the view is great as always!

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1 month ago