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Trail Report: Was planning to do a hike further east but couldn't resist the opportunity for a November summit of Granite Mountain. Looking up from the freeway it was obvious that the avalanche fields hadn't built up enough snow yet to pose a significant slide risk.
Most of the climb was doable in boots. Didn't feel a need to put on microspikes until well above the treeline (after the third group of switchbacks) but was glad to have them, particularly during the descent. Poles were helpful for stability coming down, the noontime sun softened up the trail below the lookout enough that it would have been easy to lose footing even with microspikes.
Couldn't have asked for better weather window. Matter of fact the weather looks to be holding steady sunny for the next 5-6 days based on the current forecast for those considering. As always, check your own forecast before heading out and use your own good judgement, this time of year weather can change significantly in short order.
Gear: Hiking poles and microspikes a must, gaiters are recommended although the boot path is pretty settled for the most part.
7.8 miles round trip, ~3,700 ft elevation gain, peak 5,597 ft.
Here's some additional background on Granite Mountain.