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Granite Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 12,799'
Location: 45.164, -109.8081 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: bill urbanski on Oct 14, 2010  with updates from Andrew Vinzant
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Granite Peak, Sept 2014 Photo by Steve Story


Highest Point in Montana. Located in the Beartooth Range.

Getting There 

The most popular trailhead is West Rosebud, which is approximately 80 miles SW of Billings. From I-90, take Hwy 78 (Columbus exit 408) SW for approx. 17 miles. Right on Nye Rd. (CR 419) towards Fishtail, for approx. 1 mile. Left on W. Rosebud Rd. for 6.3 miles. Slight left on W. Rosebud Lake Rd (FR 72) for approx 14 miles to trailhead parking lot.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 5.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Granite Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Granite Peak:
Phantom Creek Trail   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine   
Mystic Lake Trail   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Standing atop Granite Peak's summit block

Phantom Creek Trail 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  Montana : Beartooth Mountains : Granite Peak
Trail to Mystic Lake (7600') covers ~3 miles and ~1300' in elevation gain. Hike down to Mystic Lake to meet up with Phantom Creek Trail, turning left at cairn. Follow trail to "Switchbacks from Hell" (26 total, gaining ~2500' in <3 miles) to massive cairn above treeline. Continue upward to Froze-to-Death Plateau, a gradually sloping plateau ranging from 10,500' - 12,000'. Traverse FTD Plateau (route finding is difficult in barren area as no dedicated trail exists) to highcamp wes...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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Rock Climbing Photo: Summit of Granite
Summit of Granite
Rock Climbing Photo: Morning light on Granite Peak (left), from the the...
Morning light on Granite Peak (left), from the the...

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By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
Oct 10, 2012

Short video I made detailing the super fun Southwest Couloir route.
By Andrew Vinzant
Feb 19, 2015
Someone should add the Southwest Couloir route for this peak. This is the route I took up this last summer when I made summit and it was badass! Here is a pretty good summary from Summit Post: Summit Post - South Couloir

Alpine, Mountaineering, 4th Class, 30 mile round trip from Lulu Pass Trailhead outside of Cooke City, Crampons, Axe, rope optional for quick descend although some still may want one.

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