|Trip Date: 07/07/2017
Distance: 6.5 Miles
Vertical Gain: 600'
Group Size: 2
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|Heading out from the parking
area. "Crash" the dog appreciated the boots over the
multitude of granite on this trip.
|First picture is the signpost
for the trailhead.
The junction to be looking for off-trail is less than a half
mile along the road, and there is a signed marker for Granite Lake a
mile ahead of this sign (second picture.) If you reach that
halfway to look for the start of the off-trail section.
|One of the first sights along
the early trail are some of the Minkalo Cliffs off to your right side.
A quick side exploration as you get south of them will
provide some nice views of Silver Lake to the north and Thunder
Mountain to the east.
|Here are the views of the lake
and Thunder Mountain from atop the Minkalo Cliff area early along the
|It was nice to have an easy
water crossing via bridge early on, because all of the others on the
off-trail section were worthy of great care.
|Greg and "Crash" making their
way up some of the boulders after we left the main trail to head
cross-country toward the postpiles.
|On the way out we crossed the
water here, but on the way back we found a logjam about 1/10th of a
mile south that didn't even require us to take our boots off.
|Less than half a mile from our
destination we had amazing views to the north of Squaw Ridge and just
the northern end on the left of Covered Wagon Peak.
|The final approach to the
postpiles required some pretty steep elevation gain along some flowing
water which cascaded down from above the postpiles themselves.
|The dead tree on top is a very
distinctive marker for the start of the actual postpiles themselves.
In the second picture the figure on the right is NOT a dead
little bit brushy on the way up from this side, but the best access to
the top of the postpiles is from the northwest corner, near where there
was significant water flowing from snowmelt on this particular day.
setting of the postpiles with Squaw Ridge behind it is fantastic.
Hard to believe these were not really made public until the
|The postpiles were enhanced
this trip by the amount of water coming down a waterfall on the north
end of the formation.
south from the top of the postpiles. The Squaw Ridge line
actually helped preserve these by keeping glaciers from eroding away
an almost step-like section on the eastern end of the feature that
allows a quick way back down. As long as you are careful...
"Crash" working up the energy to make the rugged trek back.
were pleasantly surprised, however, to find the way back closer to the
creek much better and easier to navigate than the way out.
|One more look back toward
Thunder Mountain and the way we needed to head out from the Postpiles
|GPS Track of the full hike.|