Montana Nature May 03, 2018
Granite Peak In Montana Takes You Above The World
Montana literally means “mountainous country,” and our beautiful state is certainly appropriately named. And while you’ll find mountains in practically every part of the Treasure State, there’s truly something special about the Beartooths. This range is where you’ll find Granite Peak, the highest natural point in Montana.
The hike up to Granite Peak is a gorgeous one, but it's not for beginners.
The standard route to the summit involves a strenuous 12 mile climb, and it's only recommended for experienced hikers.
In fact, the Granite Peak Trail is the second most difficult state highpoint, after Delani in Alaska.
The weather is often poor near the top, and at the end of the hike, you'll have to do a little rock climbing to reach the peak.
Those who do decide to make the climb come prepared to camp several times along the way.
Luckily, there are some visually stunning places to spend the night.
Elers Koch was the first person to ever successfully climb Granite's Peak in August of 1923.
In 1947, Miriam Underhill became the first woman to climb to the top. Many have successfully climbed it since, including a nine-year-old boy in 2012.
Of course, the scenery at the top is absolutely otherworldly.
It's truly incredible.
If you're an experienced hiker who's up for a challenge, Granite Peak is a must-see.
If you're like most of us, settling for beautiful pictures will suffice.
Would you ever dare to climb Granite Peak? It may be best to start with one of these
hikes for mere mortals.