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Granite Mountain Lookout

Snoqualmie Pass

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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  • Granite Mountain Lookout Trailhead.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • The route to Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • The route to Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • After leaving the trees.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • Looking at Kaleetan.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • The view from Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • Looking northeast from Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
  • Granite Mountain Lookout.- Granite Mountain Lookout
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lookout tower. Great views. Old-growth forest. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Big crowds.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,800.00 ft (1,158.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,929.00 ft (587.96 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The trail starts in the forest ascending up a consistent elevation gain crossing a few streams. Stay right at the first mile and continue up into the beautiful trees for only another half mile. After making your way past the avalanche shoot you will hit the switchbacks that meander to the right where it flats out just a bit offering sweeping views of the valley before you while looking out at long ridges full of peaks. As the trail turns back to the west admire several cairns and if you so desire you can setup a camp for your relaxing night. As you make your way from camp up to the summit you will notice the growing number and size of the granite boulders. At the top resides a large fire lookout that often times a ranger will have open to the public. The peak offers sweeping views in all directions where you can see a number of lakes along with Mt. Rainier, Stuart, Baker and a significant number of peaks around the Snoqualmie area.

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