The mountain, only a couple hundred feet shorter than Giant, was clearly visible in the distance. Giant Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. I drank a 1.5 liters of water but it was cool out, if it was warm I am sure 3-4 liter would not be unreasonable. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. The views are some of … The trail slowly enters the forest again and descends steadily. I headed down from the summit of Giant and quickly arrived at the fork to Rocky Peak Ridge. Head up the Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and just before the summit break off to the right onto the East Trail to Giant Mountain.This will take you down the east side of Giant and over to RPR. - From Giant over to Rocky Peak Ridge you take the East Trail which drops quickly to the col before moderately making it's way up to the Summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. No extra car? At an elevation of 4,626 feet, Giant Mountain sits at number 12 on the Adirondack 46er Peak List – right behind Colden and just ahead of Nippletop. Looking back down the ridge from Lower Wolfjaw mountain. General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. The Ridge Trail to Giant Summit: 3 miles (3050' ascent)3 hours Round trip traverse to Rocky Peak Ridge: 2.6 miles (1400' ascent) 2 hours. For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. I decided to head to Keene Valley and do an out and back of Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. This hike was tougher than anticipated. Liz and I hiked up Giant Mountain via the Ridge Trail, hiked down the back of Giant and over the ridge to Rocky Peak Ridge before turning back. I'm not sure why. Finally the summit of Giant. Giant Mountain (4,627 ft.)- There are five trails that can be used to reach the summit of Gia… She is a good running companion who … This peak offers one of the best view-to-distance ratio of all the Adirondack 46ers. It’s about more than standing on the mountain top. The next day, we ascended Giant, (12th at 4627 ft.), and then hiked over to Rocky Peak Ridge to the east, (20th at 4420 ft.). Unfortunately we were fogged in during the first view. It is a long eight mile hike (one way) to Giant Mountain. A few hundred feet from the summit you'll notice an intersection that leads to Rocky Peak Ridge. I had an awesome time in the Adirondacks with Louis and Josh who were first time offenders in the High Peaks region. This hike is 16 miles and the elevation gain is intimidating for a two-summit hike in the Adirondacks. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. This is a difficult one way trail in Adirondack Park. It’s also a grueling one because the elevation gain is substantial compared to its relatively short mileage; the total elevation gain for this hike checks in at a healthy 5,300 feet. If you can caravan cars, you can make the trip a loop – beginning at either the Ridge or Roaring Brook trailhead and ending at … Just be sure to bring lots of water and lots of stamina. There is a tricky part between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge … You'll want to wear or carry snowshoes for this hike; microspikes may suffice if there isn't much snow on the trail, but snow depths can vary greatly over this route, and snowshoes are much better suited to new or deep snow. From the 4,390-foot summit of Rocky Peak Ridge, which is identified by a big cairn, 39 other Adirondack 46ers can be seen on a clear day. The summit of Giant Mountain is just around the corner, and the views are fantastic. 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Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. From Giant Mountain the fun really begins. You'll have superb scenery to motivate you, however, and while Giant Mountain offers great views, the Rocky Peak Ridge might steal the show. Rocky Peak is the easternmost of the Adirondack’s highest peaks. The Best Winter Adventures in North America. The Ridge trail is steep and rocky, you will gain 3000 ft of elevation over 3 miles. The fire made for much easier access to both it and Giant, so much so that until only a few dozen years ago there were regular horse rides going to the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge and near to the summit of Giant. Awesome stuff but the wind was ice cold and we had to keep moving. For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. The Ridge Trail climbs quickly and steadily to Giant Mountain (4,626 feet) via the Washbowl, a small pond less than a mile from the trailhead. Giant Mtn visible across the valley (2016-07-23). We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. Bring plenty of water in hot temperatures; there are practically no water sources along the way. It’s about protecting what sustains us. This trail can get busy but on this day we had the place to ourselves. Rocky Peak Ridge is 1.2 miles to the east and Giant Mountain is often combined with Rocky Peak. It was a hot day, and the haze interrupted what would have been an awesome view had we been there in different weather. A hike on the Zander Scott Trail to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. Another option if you’re feeling ambitious is hiking both Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge via the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail, detailed here. Fortunately, the climb from the col to Rocky Peak Ridge gains elevation more gradually with much less rock. It only took us about 35 minutes to travel the 1.2 miles down giant and up Rocky. Done. The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. There are two usual routes to the summit, either from the west or east, both on trail. Peaks 3 and 4 - Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge near Keene, NY. You can see a ton of mountains like Sawteeth Gothics, Dix, Nipple Top, and Marcy. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. Only have one car and looking for a workout? My buddy Jim and I had been eyeballing another, much more interesting and challenging route. It was not easy but there were a lot of vistas where you will be happy to stop and catch your breath. The ridge is mostly treeless and offers 360-degree views for long distances. Some clouds hung around but they added to the incredible view. Go back on Route 73 and park the second car along the road in front of the trailhead located just south of Chapel Pond. At 1.6 miles the sky opened up and we walked out onto the first slide. We set out to climb Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge, via the Ridge Trial (also known as the Zander Scott Trail) just 0.2 miles from Chapel Pond, adding one more peak towards my 46, Rocky Peak Ridge. There are three major trails that lead to its summit, two from the East – along Rt. It was steep, wet, and fun. Either way, you'll arrive just 0.2 mile from the top of Giant before descending steeply to a col between the two peaks, after which it climbs to the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak can be hiked by the trails mentioned above. It only took us about 35 minutes to travel the 1.2 miles down giant and up Rocky. ADIRONDACK HP SERIES: Giant Mountain-Rocky Peak Ridge (RPR)- Bald Peak, To The New Russia, NY / Route 9 Trailhead From Route 73 via the Roaring Brook Trail (RBT) and the East Trail Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles. Mileage: 8.5 Miles up and back            Parking area and Directions 44.138463,-73.743850, Rise: 4,436 ft  (2 Peaks)                                                             Facebook, Hike Time: 8 hrs (35 min from Giant to Rocky)                   Weather, Snow Pack                                                                  East Coast Fire Tower Page, Significance: Giant is #12 on the list of Adirondack High Peaks and Rocky Peak is #20. Few who have climbed Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant from New Russia would dispute that it's one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks. Finally at 4:10 we hit the trail register. 73 … Each hill ahead of us made us think ‘how will we make it up that monster’? There are approximately 30 miles of marked, maintained trails within the largely mountainous Giant Mountain Wilderness. Aspiring 46ers! Giant Mountain - East Trail via Rocky Peak Ridge East Trail in Giant Mountain Wilderness extends 6.7 miles and ascends 3,600 feet from the trailhead on Route 9 to the 4,420-foot summit of Rocky Peak Ridge and its 360- d egr vi w. Mu ch of tal snp ky Oct 06 | Rocky Peak Ridge by: Craig / adkforum. Leesa wanted a hike that would be about 6 hours or so. A few hundred feet from the summit you'll notice an intersection that leads to Rocky Peak Ridge. - Views from Rocky Peak Ridge were phenomenal and I can't wait to go back there and keep hiking past the summit on the East Trail over the open ridge. Park at New Russia and bag both Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mountain. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California. The third trail head is in New Russia, it runs about 8 miles to Giant and I hear it is very cool. Oct 02 | Rocky Peak Ridge by: Craig / adkhighpeaks. The Zander Scott trail offers spectacular views of the Adirondacks over nearly it's entire distance. Zander Scott / East Trail: 8.4 miles (4,000 elevation gain) Trip Report: - Monday was another iffy weather day in the High Peaks so I played it safe and stayed away from long miles and trails with multiple stream crossings. A short way down there is a trail off to the left to go out to the East Slide Lookout. The detour to RPR was not very long of a hike, but there was a lot of vertical involved: 800+ feet down to the col, followed by 600+ feet up to the summit. The Ridge Trail climbs quickly and steadily to Giant Mountain (4,626 feet) via the Washbowl, a small pond less than a mile from the trailhead. Backtrack to the intersection mentioned above and head to Rocky Peak Ridge. View Giant Mountain in a larger map. The way down from Giant was steep, and like the other side, wet. Giant Mountain, the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks is a very popular mountain due to its proximity to the highway, its great views and (somewhat)short trail mileage. After enjoying in the views, keep going toward Bald Peak. No problem. Total trip: 8.6 miles (4650' ascent) 8 hours. At some points of our hike the rain was coming down in sheets, other times the cloud ceiling would lift and we would get great views. Heading back the 0.1 miles to the junction, we had 1.2 miles to Rocky Peak Ridge. 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