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Dad makes the most of a training hike up Granite Mountain.

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Dad wanted to get in some training for his upcoming hike into Sheep Lake. We decided that Granite would be a good objective. It has a reasonable trail and wonderful views.

We had to wait a half hour on the Brundage Road project, so didn't get onto our feet until after 2. Due to our late start, it was warm, but only by McCall standards.

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Dad had a little trouble doing the creek crossings, but mostly because Dieken was impatient and yanking on his leash. But once we got past the cows, we let the dog off his leash and things went smoothly.

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As we got higher up the mountain, the views expanded and the breeze picked up.

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After doing most of the gain, the upper trail is essentially a long traverse.

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Lookout.

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We could see the Pioneer Fire, which was near Idaho City. This was in its infancy- a week later it was still growing.

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Some Lick Creek peaks.

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We hung out on top for a while, had snacks, chatted up the lookout, etc.

But the road closure was prodding me to prod Dad to get moving. This hike was about at Dad's limit, so he got pretty slow near the end.

As a result, we were three minutes late at the road closure. We had a two-hour wait until they would open it again. So we drove the Hartley Meadows dirt road around the back side of Brundage, arriving home about two hours later than planned. At least no one had called SAR yet!

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