Icy at first. I was hoping that a later start would allow me to avoid a lot of hikers . We tried to find additional information about this and learned about a terribly sad story. It was a very quick ascent up Giant and a very steep and rocky hike down to the col between the two but the views on top of both are amazing. A few gentlemen were ahead of us on Rocky, which revealed the beginnings of a broken-out path. My Fitbit which clocked me in at 15 miles. The trip was just over 11 miles and took 7 3/4 hours with about a 20-30 minute stop on top of each high peaks. You are standing yards away from the massive slides on the mountains westerly face that make it so distinctive from the road below. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail is a 14.8 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near New Russia, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Absolutely gorgeous, but as other reviewers have stated, this entire trail rarely lets up. This descent is really what makes the effort to carpool two cars worth it. This smaller you will descend over with great views from its rocky ledges. Ascending the Ridge (Zander Scott) Trail and climbing the expansive East Face sets the stage for a day with breathtaking views on approach and a challenging slide climb as the main event. Bring headlamps just in case. The New Russia Traverse is a gorgeous 11.2 mile traverse in the Eastern High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks. I waited in hopes of the clouds lifting, but gave up after an hour. There is a lean-to at the 5.7-mile mark on the North Trail to Giant. The route begins at Rt. A spectacular trail from New Russia involves eight waterless miles and … It has everything: tons of views, fantastic summits, lakes, uncrowded trails. These are around 2,300 feet in height and the last ones you will cross over on the way out. Mud made rock slabs slippery so it was slow going down to RPR and back up. Just another mile or two and you'll be out to the Rte 9 and the vehicle. Rocky Peak Ridge from the Giant/RPR split. Bring plenty of water if you’re going out on a hot day. After missing the vista from Rocky Peak Ridge, I was determined to wait on Giant for its fabulous views. Only rain here. The Ridge Trail to Giant Summit: 3 mi Ascent: 3050′ High Peak Rank: 12 Elevation: 4,626′ Rocky Peak Ridge from Giant: 1.3 mi, 2.6 mi RT Ascent: 1400′ ascent High Peak Rank: 20 Elevation: 4,390′ Total Distance: 8.6 miles RT Time with stops: ~8 hrs The section between Giant and RPR is definitely steep as well. Giant and Rocky Ridge stand as the 12th and 20th highest peaks in the Adirondacks. Great views at both summits. Bear Den Trail to Dial Mountain and Nippletop, Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge, Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop, Sawteeth Mountain to Pyramid Peak to Armstrong Mountain, HG Leach Trail to Colvin Trail to Lake Road Loop, Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail. Microspikes probably would've helped. Fuji 60mm/Nikon 55mm/Pentax 50mm Macro Shootout. 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 hike up to Giant has lots of switchbacks which help with the steep incline a bit. Instagram- @jonathanzphotography_ Song- Joakim Karud - Love Mode I-87 (Northway) to Exit 30, west on 73 to parking areas. I continued on towards Mary Louise Pond, where I stopped for some breakfast. It’s true I almost blew off the summit like Toto, but still!! the higher we got the steeper the trail got some spots we were like omg! The view into the Great Range and beyond is amazing and well worth a ling lunch break. Making my way back to Giant Mountain, I arrived just after noon to the same view I had four hours earlier. The hiking never ends! Stop and Also, hiking 15 miles isn’t typically the same as walking 15 miles (I say typically bc experienced hikers can rock that easily). Can beginners do it? They sit separated from the mass of the Adirondack High Peaks by Route 73. A cool alpine pond as you start to descend down Rocky Peak Ridge. And, as I figured, Ashley (who turned 9 on May 13), was the best hiker in the group. Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. At 0.5 miles the trail will level out a bit, climbing again soon to 0.7 miles, at which point you will reach a viewpoint overlooking Chapel Pond. Nice views at each outlook along the way. Overnight on Sunday, the valley got a nice dusting of snow, which coupled with the nearly-full moon made it bright enough to start my hike at 6:15 AM without a headlamp. This WILL take you time. It was a perfect day. On the way to RPR you take a short but steep hike down into and back up out of the col and come out to another beautiful summit at 4,383 feet. Continue on from here to the top of Giant Mountain straight ahead. The descent is steep off Giant towards RPR, but in the winter I think it's an easier walk than in the summer. Giant and Rocky Peak via the Ridge Trail. The views are incredible - and the hike itself is worth it. This hike can be done as a hike through, shuttled car ridge hike up Giant and then descending east down Rocky Peak Ridge to enjoy two more Adirondack High Peaks. Be prepared for a quick assent— elevation kicks up pretty fast. Bring lots of water, be prepared to be hiking an exposed ridge a ways, and enjoy the gorgeous views. so I got all excited call up my friend to share the news then we decided that since we made it to the summit of giant why not aspire to hike all 46 high peaks. He negotiated it all! The snowy summit of Giant Mountain at 8:15 AM was completely clouded in, but the wind was low making it beautifully quiet. So this is what winter looks like. 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. This is done as a loop with parking across from Chapel Pond (Exit 30, west on 73) and off of Rt 9 a few miles north of the intersection of Rt 9 and Rt 73. It had been warmer over the weekend than my 19° start, so I was able to “bare boot” it until just shy of the summit. - 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. Snowshoeing Giant Mountain in winter is a serious endeavor that should only be attempted after tackling a few of the area's smaller mountains. An outstanding hike. Around the Ridge Trail junction (which leads to the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge) Jess and I noticed a cross with the name “Eric Engler” engraved on it. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. We took a nice dip in Chapel Pond afterwards, very refreshing :). We reached the icy step on the way down Giant and it was still mostly covered in snow. also don't forget your flashlights you might need that too. Great hike! Very busy tho. 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 Printable Map Here is some of what you need to know: This trail head is across from chapel pond; … Snowshoes are required and will suffice on the lower reaches of the trail, but snow spikes are highly recommended on the steep, mostly exposed ridge and on the upper reaches of the mountain. Highly recommend going over to Rocky Ridge Peak, it has an even better view than Giant. The snowy summit of Giant Mountain at 8:15 AM was completely clouded in, but the wind was low making it beautifully quiet. Extraordinary! Many of us in the northeast have been wondering when winter would arrive. 9 from it's intesection with Route 73. this hike is not for the faint of heart and needs mental toughness. I made the descent in 1 hour and 40 minutes, in perfect time to head into Keene Valley for another breakfast. It wasn’t until about an hour afterwards that the clouds finally left Rocky Peak, at least giving me the beautiful eastern vista on my way back to Giant. The snow got progressively deeper on the steady climb but the water hadn’t yet frozen underneath. The sky was clear, and the frosted trees at the top were beautiful! Just be prepared, take you’re time and allot for it, and you’ve got it! It was a bit chilly (~35-40°F), but with gloves, hat and layers, it felt great! how are we going to get past that. The summits likewise afforded views of the Dix and Colvin Ranges, Whiteface, and the Green Mountains of Vermont (from RPR). The last mountain with a name you will skirt on the way down the East Trail. Rock scrambles that were suppose to be non negotiable. From this point on you will be scrambling up a trail of open ledges and amazing viewpoints. 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