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Matt
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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:06 am   
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The trees should have been a poem, they were all rimed so well.

Destination:  Granite Mountain Point 5566 “Tusk O’Granite” (USGS Snoqualmie Pass)
Party: Matt, cartman

We wanted to take advantage of the one bright shiny day between storms, so we picked a route that would be reasonably protected from avalanche danger, and went up into the sunshine and fresh snow.  My affection for snowy trees was well-satisfied today.

Peakbaggers call this peak “Tusk O’Granite,” I guess because it’s adjacent to Tuscohatchie Lake and Granite Mtn.  I’d have just called it Northwest Granite, since it’s simply a side summit of Granite Mountain.  Anyway, it has 406 feet of prominence, so it qualifies as a summit by the 400P rule.  Hereinafter be “Tusk O’Granite” abbreviated as TOG.

We hiked the Olallie Lake trail to 3300 feet, then went up TOG’s  SW ridge over Point 5180 and on to the summit at 5566.  There was only one exposed spot, where we had to briefly go up the side of the ridge where it turns a sharp corner near 4800 feet.

The snow was 12-14 inches of light powder in the forest.  Higher up it varied from half a foot to a couple feet deep, depending on how the wind had blown it on the crest.  In the open stretches up high, we were careful to stay right on the crest or amid trees, and avoid getting onto any of the big slopes.

Up the Ridge:


Over Point 5180:


Hiking through the Rime Gallery:


Through the poetry forest to the summit:


On the summit:


More summit views:


I'll post a panorama of the summit view here tomorrow.

Going Down:


I can see why skiers love fresh powder.  Back in the forest, where the snow was undisturbed by wind or sun, I could just float and glide down through the powder, even on snowshoes.

Statistics:  7.5 miles, 3650 net gain, 3810 cumulative gain, 8 hours

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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:15 am   
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Matt wrote:
Peakbaggers call this peak “Tusk O’Granite,” I guess because it’s adjacent to Tuscohatchie Lake and Granite Mtn.

I did not know that, and was too dense to figure it out.  shakehead.gif

Mark this one down for the calendar -- works great as a vertical.  eek.gif

Kaleetan looks freak'n awesome.
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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:48 am   
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Thanks for posting this climb. I'll have to put it on my hit list. The Homecourt Peaks require 500 ft of prominence so this one missed the list. If it was a Backcourt Peak it would be on that list as only 400 ft of prominence would be needed.
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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:51 am   
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Nice photos, Matt. I was close to doing this hike on the same day. Looks like perfect conditions and an ideal spot for a summit camp in fair weather.
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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:01 pm   
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Matt wrote:

So you know why skiers love powder, eh? Vade retro Satana smile.gif

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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:57 pm   
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Beautiful, thanks for sharing.

No swimming?

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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:47 pm   
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What an amazing adventure on a stunningly beautiful day!  Dealing with feelings of jealousy now...

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Post Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:17 pm   
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Beautiful day, beautiful place, beautiful pics! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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Post Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:25 am   
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Amazing!  Stunning! Wonderful!  Blue sky and white fresh snow look so good together!
eek.gif  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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Post Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:08 am   
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WOAH!!! Beautiful pictures! Wish I was there!
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Post Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:24 pm   
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yes indeed, super nice pics Matt!  Thanks!  And what Niko echoed about the powder...  I got all excited seeing your photo of Kaleetan - instant nostalgia - having recently skied that whole face in similar conditions...  actually, exactly one month earlier to the day!
And nice one of Chair too!  It's looking fat (tho prob shrunk and shed some with the recent rain and warmth).
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Post Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:25 am   
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You know how when you hear an unusual word suddenly it comes up everywhere? After your explanation that “Tusk O’Granite” was derived from Tuscohatchie Lake and Granite Mtn I came across this interesting 1897 map. Tuscohatchie has been demoted over the years -- it used to be the name for what's now called the Pratt River.

There are some other very interesting name shifts on this map.
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