“An out and back run to the top of 8,478' Granite Mountain.
— Keith Lannom
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Don't assume you'll be able to climb the lookout tower. If the lookout is staffed, ask before you head up the stairs. The lookout lives up there and it's their space. The views of the surrounding area are great without having to climb the tower.
This route is a steady climbing trail up Granite Mountain. At the top, you are rewarded with 360-degree views of the Salmon River Mountains and the 7 Devils of Hells Canyon.
No bathroom or water at the trailhead.
Cross the bridge near the parking area to start this trail (#165). There might be some cows hanging around, as this is a cattle grazing allotment in the summer time. Watch for the trail split around 0.5 mile; go left to head up Granite Mountain Lookout, and go right for Twin Lakes.
The lower third of this trail is obvious, but once you reach open rock area you have to look around for the trail. There might be a few cairns to help guide you, but just keep heading up. After the rock field, the trail becomes obvious again and the summit is not too far. After checking out the views, head back down the trail.
There is very little shade on this trail. Avoid hot days. And you probably don't want to drink the water down in the area where the cows hang out.
Granite Mountain Trail #165
continues west to the Browns Creek and Bascom Canyon area.