The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. 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. And, as I figured, Ashley (who turned 9 on May 13), was the best hiker in the group. The 2.2-mile ridge along the way often allows fantastic views in all directions, especially around photogenic Mary Louise Pond. This becomes an out-and-back, and you simply retrace your steps when you’ve reached the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. Very few people take advantage of the US trailhead for the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail. If you can caravan cars, you can make the trip a loop – beginning at either the Ridge or Roaring Brook trailhead and ending at … The Best Winter Adventures in North America. Heading back the 0.1 miles to the junction, we had 1.2 miles to Rocky Peak Ridge. For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. It is a long eight mile hike (one way) to Giant Mountain. It’s about nourishment and learning. There are three major trails that lead to its summit, two from the East – along Rt. I had an awesome time in the Adirondacks with Louis and Josh who were first time offenders in the High Peaks region. The best way to tackle this is to do it like Cascade and Porter. 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. After coming back from Rocky Peak I took another look and it was perfect. Oct 02 | Rocky Peak Ridge by: Craig / adkhighpeaks. The Ridge trail is steep and rocky, you will gain 3000 ft of elevation over 3 miles. There were cars lined up and down the Route 73. Rocky Peak is the easternmost of the Adirondack’s highest peaks. Done. 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. To get to Rocky Peak you will have to backtrack 0.1 miles to an intersection where there is a marked trail to the mountain. Here is some of what you need to know: This trail head is across from chapel pond; there is also a trail head on the other side of Saint Huber which is slightly longer and has a waterfall. 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. Giant Mountain (4,627 ft.)- There are five trails that can be used to reach the summit of Gia… Finally at 4:10 we hit the trail register. This hike was tougher than anticipated. 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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. Leesa wanted a hike that would be about 6 hours or so. - 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. 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. Starting on Route 73 will save a lot of elevation gain. A 6 mile round trip hike to Giant with an elevation gain of 3050 feet or an 8.6 mile round trip and roughly 4040 feet in elevation gain combining Giant & Rocky Peak Ridge. These were peaks #5 and 6 for me and I cannot wait to bag my next one. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge from Belfry Mountain fire tower (2017-07-09). Rocky Peak Ridge via Giant Mountain Hikers can begin at the Roaring Brook or Chapel Pond trailheads to begin this hike. Even fewer people attempt hiking to Giant Mountain from the NY 9N trailhead. The ridge is mostly treeless and offers 360-degree views for long distances. In the clouds on Giant Mountain’s peak. I had a bottle of Gatorade in the car that I was dreaming about the whole hike. 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. You'll have superb scenery to motivate you, however, and while Giant Mountain offers great views, the Rocky Peak Ridge might steal the show. From the summit to the col, the trail drops nearly 900' in about a half mile. 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. 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. The views are some of … For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. The trail climbs quite steeply until you reach a good lookout that has Chapel Pond, Round Mountain and the lower great range. 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 It was steep, wet, and fun. At 1.6 miles the sky opened up and we walked out onto the first slide. The summit of Giant Mountain is just around the corner, and the views are fantastic. 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.). Some clouds hung around but they added to the incredible view. The trail slowly enters the forest again and descends steadily. The 1.2 miles contains a 1000 foot drop to a 700 feet incline over it's 1.2 mile distance. This hike is 16 miles and the elevation gain is intimidating for a two-summit hike in the Adirondacks. These posts have been tagged with Giant Mountain NY, or are within 1.5 miles of it. No extra car? This trail can get busy but on this day we had the place to ourselves. It was a hot day, and the haze interrupted what would have been an awesome view had we been there in different weather. She is a good running companion who … 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. Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. I decided to head to Keene Valley and do an out and back of Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. 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. Giant Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. It was steep, wet, and fun. It was not easy but there were a lot of vistas where you will be happy to stop and catch your breath. Hiking With Your Dog: Rocky Peak Ridge & Giant Mountain Belle is a five year old boxer, all muscle and tireless. Only have one car and looking for a workout? All rights reserved. Click here for larger-size photo. Backtrack to the intersection mentioned above and head to Rocky Peak Ridge. Bald Peak also offers 360-degree views, as its name would suggest. That trailhead is said to have the highest elevation gain of all regular trailheads leading to a single Adirondack 46er peak. A hike on the Zander Scott Trail to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. After enjoying in the views, keep going toward Bald Peak. 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. 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. It was a busy day in the high peaks for sure! It only took us about 35 minutes to travel the 1.2 miles down giant and up Rocky. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. From Giant Mountain the fun really begins. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge - Giant Mtn Wilderness - 4/6/14 In picking a hike for today, Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge were the only peaks that I had in my head. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. Park the first car at the trailhead in New Russia on Route 9. The trail drops steeply over ledge as it makes its way to the col between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. Oct 06 | Rocky Peak Ridge by: Craig / adkforum. It’s about more than standing on the mountain top. Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? Fortunately, the climb from the col to Rocky Peak Ridge gains elevation more gradually with much less rock. At 0.7 miles we came across the washbowl, a small pond where the trail skirts around shortly before heading up hill again. © 2020 Outdoor Project. Awesome stuff but the wind was ice cold and we had to keep moving. Just be sure to bring lots of water and lots of stamina. 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. There is a nice open rock ridgeline going up Giant, allowing views back down the trail, towards Round, Noonmark and Bear Den mountains. Giant was our second high peak, completed on a sunny day in 2009, so we didn’t mind sitting and enjoying the tranquility of a solitary, clouded peak. Go back on Route 73 and park the second car along the road in front of the trailhead located just south of Chapel Pond. To get to Rocky Peak you will have to backtrack 0.1 miles to an intersection where there is a marked trail to the mountain. Unfortunately we were fogged in during the first view. Photo by Jan Triska. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak can be hiked by the trails mentioned above. We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. Another approach is from to climb up Giant first from the Chapel Pond trailhead and then head over on the ridgeline east to this peak. Peaks 3 and 4 - Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge near Keene, NY. Total trip: 8.6 miles (4650' ascent) 8 hours. Rocky Peak Ridge is 1.2 miles to the east and Giant Mountain is often combined with Rocky Peak. The mountain, only a couple hundred feet shorter than Giant, was clearly visible in the distance. This is the next destination. No problem. Aspiring 46ers! 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. - 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. This route is just over four miles one way to Rocky Peak Ridge and includes a side trip to Giant Mountain (another ADK 46er). This is a 6+ mile one way hike. There are two usual routes to the summit, either from the west or east, both on trail. 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