The end of 2014 on Granite Mountain

Normally we look back on our year and make bold new goals for the upcoming year. This is the thing to do apparently. I decided that my life is actually going quite well as-is, I am not going to make a goal of beating my hiking miles this year as I don’t think that will be possible but I hope to get out, enjoy life, and explore as much as possible. Maybe my goal should be to take more pictures!

I spent New Years Eve hiking up one of my favorite lookout mountains- Granite Mountain. Over the last few years, I have enjoyed every lookout tower that I have been to and I love learning the history of the dying landmarks. We made it to the top around 12:30 so we missed seeing the Seattle fireworks but people in the valley below were lighting off quite a few (and shooting their guns… which was a little unnerving as we probably made for nice targets on the hill with our headlamps.

So I spent most of the night taking pictures. Here are some of the results:

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Absolutely phenomenal place to spend the last moments of 2014! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I woke up to the amazing scenery.

6 thoughts on “The end of 2014 on Granite Mountain

  1. hello! i stumbled upon your blog via wta, and LOVE your night photos all of your adventures! i must overnight at granite mountain soon…

    • Thank you for the kind words! Just be careful up there as the wind can get really bad up there and avalanche conditions are bad until late spring. Wta is an amazing resource for checking the trail data- we were super lucky to get the conditions that we got 🙂 happy trails!

  2. Hey! How did you manage to find so many stars on New Year’s eve? We were camping at Artist Point and moon was so bright that we could barely see any stars. Did you crank up ISO all the way? there is some noise so you probably had to in order to capture your night photos. Great work! We wanted to make a time lapse with stars, but it was just too bright for us so we decided to take some pictures instead. You found a nice spot for camping and it looks you also found plenty of solitude on that chilly night 🙂 Was the lookout still open? We will probably spend a night there too one day. Happy New Year!!!

    • Happy New Year as well! the moon was a pain at first for the star shots so I focused on using the moon for the first couple hours. The moon went down around 3 or 4 I think and I was able to shoot with an amazing amount of stars- I had not seen them so good since I was up on Mt. Adams a while back. Before the moon went down- I was able to get away with 1600 ISO (and some 800 but that was very iffy) Once the moon went down- I was stuck at 3200 and 6400 (I tried 16,000 for handheld shots but that was just for amusement) We barely missed each other- I almost went up there but figured that Granite might have fewer people (and I love lookouts). Lookout was frozen and locked shut. Happy Trails!

      • hehe we stayed up until 2am and called it a night…I guess we could have waited a little longer…you still took very nice pictures despite that bright moon…bright moon is always nice, but definitely not a blessing if you want to take night pictures 🙂 we also like to hike to lookouts…we were thinking about Hidden Lake lookout, but it would be a longer one and we were afraid that it would be occupied by the time we get there…it wouldn’t be nice to sleep under the stars without a tent if we didn’t carry one up there hehe Artist Point wasn’t that bad actually…we counted only 3 more tents…last year we were there pretty much by ourselves…I guess not many people like long chilly nights 🙂 Perhaps we should plan something together next New Year’s Eve if weather permits. We wanted to camp at Mt. Rainier, but they still have little snow…maybe next year. Thanks for following. Cheers!

      • I am not sure how I was able to stay awake for so long but it had been a while since I actually went out for a night shoot so I was pretty happy. The end of the night came when my timelapse camera ran out of batteries.Hidden Lake was tempting but the recent report listed avalanche concerns so we were hesitant to hike up in the dark without the ability to better judge what lay ahead. We shall see what happens next year but that could be fun! Hopefully the moon will set a little earlier then 🙂

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