I actually didn't know that it was daylight savings time, so I remained happily oblivious to the time change all day and was just AMAZED by how light it was so late into the day. We made the most out of the daylight and our first lovely bluebird spring-ish day by going up a mountain instead of into the trails on our skis. This is decidedly the best thing we could do to take advantage of our day of no "to-do's" .
Rich will dispel some mountain-geology-nerd-trip-report info now, mostly for Daddio and Ray ;)
Below is a picture of us coming up on the second switch-back of the main Granite Mountain trail. The reason the sun shines brightly here is actually quite sinister. Each year one or two massive avalanches clear trees, bushes & rock as they come to stop just ahead of this picture. Allowing sunlight to shine through the trees early on in the hike. This avalanche zone here in particular is well know, well documented and we were totally safe.
Below is Kaleetan Peak. One of the few matterhorn'esk peaks in the Central Cascades. With this mountain range being made up of mostly basalt, sharp peaks and spires are rare, which is what makes Kaleetan special.
Rounding the West side of the trail, these trees branches are typically filled with snow and melt fast approaching noon in the spring.... dusting and bombing hikers with snow. We lucked out on this trip, the weather had been warm all week, clearing the snow-bombs before we got there.
25 to 35-deg slope, no clouds, Mt Rainier in the distance..
Approaching the summit of West Granite (Tusk-o-Granite)
Panorama of the Snoqualmie Area... Kaleetan on left, ending with Snoqualmie Mt on right.
After a long climb, I let Anna "have the cream" and take the final few steps to the top.
Below is the summit of the actual Granite Mountain. Complete with the still used Ranger Lookout. Anna and I have stayed the night just to the left of the lookout in July of 2017