Nice hike today with Derek, his call, Granite Mountain. This is a tough hike but not a killer. However, winter has come early to the mountain as we hit snow at maybe 4,700 feet (summit is 5,600). Near the summit we were slipping and sliding.
Maybe .3 mile from the summit there is a discouragingly steep section, considering how much effort it takes to get to the point where you can look up at this:
But having come so far, you might as well keep going and so we did. It really is beautiful in the snow on a mountain:
About 8 miles, 3,700 feet of elevation gain, great hike. Saw not quite a half dozen people on what is, during the summer on a weekend, like downtown Seattle with the crowds.