Climbing into Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Four miles one-way, the Granite Mountain Trail travels up forested slopes and up to the Granite Mountain Lookout Tower. Some weekends, volunteers open the tower to visitors, leaving you one extra climb at the top.
Be aware of avalanche danger anytime before mid - June, exercising caution when snow is above you in the steep chutes of the upper mountain. The Pratt Lakes trail shares a trailhead with Granite Mountain, offering a less-strenuous hike of about four miles to the basin.
Remember to keep an eye out for huckleberries along these trails in the late summer and early fall!
With thousands of pairs of boots climbing up the steep mountain slopes each year, the trail had fallen into disrepair, causing erosion and damage to fragile alpine meadows.
To offset this heavy use, Greenway Trustand have made major improvements to this popular trail. Greenway crew members camped for nine consecutive weeks in the summer of 2009 near the top of the mountain to install drainage, build new rock steps and create raised trail surfaces. Volunteers ferried supplies and trail building materials up the steep trail.
Managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.