Seattle, WA: Granite Mountain Trail

A steep climb of 3,700 feet in 3.6 miles gains a firetower lookout with spectacular views of Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and Mount Stuart.
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A steep climb of 3,700 feet in 3.6 miles gains a firetower lookout with spectacular views of Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and Mount Stuart.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.1

Waypoints

GMT001

Location: 47.3948669433594, -121.48836517334

Trailhead for Granite Mtn. (1,944 ft.)

GMT002

Location: 47.4018096923828, -121.486534118652

Bridge over creek

GMT003

Location: 47.4047508239746, -121.487762451172

R onto Granite Peak Trail, begin to climb steadily

GMT004

Location: 47.4086685180664, -121.48120880127

Enter Alpine Lakes Wilderness, views to valley below

GMT005

Location: 47.4119415283203, -121.480476379395

Avalanche gully; snow can make this dangerous to cross in early spring

GMT006

Location: 47.4123077392578, -121.475471496582

Avalanche gully, last good shade until top

GMT007

Location: 47.4117088317871, -121.471046447754

Spectacular hillside, Mt. Rainier comes into view to S

GMT008

Location: 47.4138031005859, -121.470283508301

First view of Granite Mountain Lookout to NW

GMT009

Location: 47.4149894714356, -121.474143981934

L @ 3-way, good water to right

GMT010

Location: 47.4156951904297, -121.475196838379

Many trails at this point; best choice is to go around to E and up drainage

GMT011

Location: 47.418888092041, -121.482398986816

Granite Mtn. Lookout (5,629 ft.)