From North Bend, Washington head east on I-90 to exit #47. Turn north from the off-ramp and turn left at the "T" in the road. Continue straight ahead and park in the Pratt Lake trail parking area. Hike the Pratt Lake Trail #1007 for one mile, where the junction for Granite Mountain turns sharply to the right and up the hill.
The beautiful views at the summit of the Granite Mountain trail are not easy to reach but worth every step. The elevation gain is about 1000 feet and with many switch backs. When you get to the top you will see views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and of course Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it.
Begin at the Pratt Lake trail head in cool, mossy forest. Once you hit the junction for Granite Mountain trail you will notice a difference in your step. Granite Mountain Trail switchbacks up through forest, avalanche tracks and huckleberry meadows, climbing into Alpine Lakes Wilderness to nearly 3,800 feet at the summit of Granite Mountain.
Once you get to the top grab a snack and enjoy the view. Don't forget your camera for this trip.