Photos from this trip can be found here.
I invited Kerry on this hike since he was new the area and wanted to get out this weekend. Somehow we missed the trail junction a mile into the hike and continued to hike toward Talapus Lake. By the time we realized we were going the wrong way it was a little past noon. We turned around, found the junction, and decided to hike up the mountain anyway. The gaiters I had just purchased worked like a charm on the way down. I didn’t get any snow in my shoes at all!
Access: Granite Mountain Trailhead