This shows the top of Granite Peak as one approaches it. If you look carefully you can see a man standing on the bottom left side of the picture. This shows just how big the cliff front is, because this cliff extends about four times the distance shown. Although this cliff averages out to about 75 degree grade upward (basicly a cliff) it is very manage to climb without ropes.
The final 200 foot south face. Yellow is a class 3 scramble and not difficult. The red section is class 4+ and where parties may want to rope up. After the first traverse (red), there are two chimneys. The left one has a big chockstone roof (near the top arrow in the photo). Don't traverse too far, and begin climbing before reaching the second chimney (to the right of the upper red section in the photo). The blue (class 3) can either traverse as shown or climb slightly higher and traverse at a level above. The final section (class 3) cannot be seen and is on the north side of the mountain. The light blue arrows are rappels. There is another rappel directly below the keyhole, but the anchors are questionable. Suggest ignoring the rappel below the keyhole and traversing over easy terrain to the other two rappels.
After climbing the 800 ft east ridge from the Tempest/Granite saddle, you will arrive at the top of the north/south ridge at 12,300 ft. At the top, this is what you will see. Take time to consider the route up to to the notch. Note the "X" crack feature and climb the well-worn chute directly under it. Then, move left under the "X" and climb a chute to the left of it. Avoid the much harder chimney to the right of the "X" feature.
After descending from FTD Plateau, you will see Bivouac Saddle (Temptest/Granite saddle). Snow conditions will determine your route once reaching the saddle. This picture was taken late season with minimal snow. The yellow is the east ridge route and is class 3. The red is up the east slope and is somewhat loose (scree) and is class 2 until reaching the top. Either route is good. If approaching from Avalanche Lake, the trail intersects just below the saddle.