Granite Peak

Elevation: 7,232 ft
Prominence: 892

Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 73 of the book.


The Nez Perce National Forest maintains a nice website description of the Granite Peak Trail, which takes you to within a half mile of the summit. Evidently, the trail over the summit has faded away. Check out the Forest Service site for updates. USGS Green Mountain

The Forest Service description of the trail is as follows:

Scenic views are the main attraction on the Granite Peak Trail. It starts at its junction with Elk Mountain Road/FSR-285. It begins as a primitive road and climbs 200 feet to the ridge top. The road continues for two miles along the ridge, crossing two spur roads. A campsite is located on the second spur road and here the road becomes a trail. The trail climbs to the top of a knoll, then drops down the ridge, with two or three small switchbacks, to a saddle. The tread is fair but with lots of windfall potential. There is a campsite in the saddle.

From here the trail climbs steeply out of the saddle and follows the ridge top to above Elk Lake. This section of trail is rocky in places with lots of windfall. From above Elk Lake, the trail climbs to a rocky knoll covered with beargrass. The trail is faint on top of this knoll, but can be found with some searching. The trail descends to its end in a saddle one-half mile southeast of Granite Peak. There is a campsite in the saddle.

Directions: From ID-14, turn south onto Red River-Dixie Road/FSR-222. Follow FSR-222 past the Red River Ranger Station (now closed) to its junction with the Nez Perce Trail Road/FSR-468. Turn east onto FSR-468 and follow it for 20 miles to its junction with Elk Mountain Road/FSR-285. Turn north on FSR-285 and follow it for 9.5 miles to the Granite Peak trailhead.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Southern Clearwater Peaks

Longitude: -115.0907   Latitude: 45.8591

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