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3 months ago

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

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!

Enjoy!

This Island Lake Trail depicted is on private land and should not be in this app. The lake itself is not on private land, but right on the border between the ranch and USFS. There is another route from the northwest, available on topo maps, all on public land and you will be legal.

A must do hike

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!

I loved the views! Saw lots of wildflowers and an elk, the road up is rough definitely a jeep, truck of off-road vehicle needed to get the the trail head. Once you're there the hike is easy! Great fishing too, there's a little canoe that stays at the lake

great run for new people's to hobby of off road,can be done in most stock 4x4 rigs

Absolutely beautiful! Some parts are pretty intense but totally worth it.

Nice hike with good fishing. Option to continue along trail to Silver Lake or bush-wack along Huckleberry Creek to Huckleberry, Princes, or Avalanche Lake (none for faint of heart). Have gotten to lake on snowshoes but would not recommend to beginners.

Beautiful!! Trail terrain is constantly changing and keeping you guessing whats coming up next.

Pretty fun trail. Lots of site seeing

great place to go from mystic lake less people too

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.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Awesome!

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Thursday, August 01, 2013