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A snowy trip up Granite Mountain.

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We were looking for something easy, in particular an easy drive. With no real reports of how much snow had fallen up high, we opted for a peak on Dave's list, Granite Mountain.

I had been to the lookout on Granite quite a few times (see links above), but had somewhat recently noticed the lookout is NOT the highpoint. Dang!

So we were off in a skiff of snow. The lower trail was bare, but frozen mud.

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About half way, there is a slight saddle. Then you climb up a rocky section. The trail through the rocks is much more obvious than the last time I climbed this. I'm not sure if someone did some trail work, or it's just getting a lot more use.

With improved trail tread, we quickly gained altitude and the frozen mud turned to snow. And we moved into more of a fog bank or cloud. The lookout is just barely visible.

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The footing was decent and the snow was only a couple inches deep, so we made good time up to the lookout.

Dave overturned a couple firewood rounds for chairs, and we had a pleasant lunch on top. No wind, and not really cold- except we're not yet used to this weather.

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Time to head home. When we got to the slight saddle on the ridge, we left the trail and traversed to the "true" summit, which is a full foot higher.

If you click for the bigger version of the picture, you can see Ruby cavorting. She loves the snow! She was such a happy dog today.

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Dave working it.

Hunter-orange hat: it's that time of year.

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Looks like winter.

Time to head down.

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Photo by Dave Beck

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