Granite Peak

Elevation (feet): 12,799
Elevation (meters): 3,901
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Absaroka Range
State: Montana
Latitude: 45.1667
Longitude: -109.8
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1923
First successful climber(s): Elers Koch
Nearest major airport: Billings, Montana
Convenient Center: Red Lodge, Montana

Granite Peak is the highest peak in Montana, located in the Beartooth Range just northeast of Yellowstone National Park. It is a massive mountain comprised largely of granite (as its name implies), though much of the rock is rotten, and climbing is often on talus. Rock and weather conditions, combined with the a long approach and a steep summit, make Granite Peak one of the most difficult climbs of the state highpoints. Most parties take two to three days for an ascent.

Climbing Granite Peak is a time consuming endeavor which should not be taken lightly. Although climbing Granite as a day hike is possible, most climb it as an overnighter using a high camp on Froze-To-Death Plateau or at Avalanche Lake. The easiest route to the summit involves a strenuous 10-12 mile hike followed by sections of exposed class 3 and 4 terrain. Although it is classified as a "scramble", the last 200 ft of climbing is extremely exposed and many who ascend this section use ropes and other technical equipment.

This mountain is not recommended for the novice peak bagger and novices should gain experience on less challenging peaks before tackling Granite.

Note the links below for a comprehensive route description. Good luck in your Granite Peak adventure!