Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge via the Ridge Trail 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. Giant, Rocky Peak Ridge Topographic map courtesy of National Geographic. Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. • Trails Mountain Bike 19 Trails E-Bike 1 Trails Hike 16 Trails Trail Running 16 Trails Snowshoe 6. • 305.92 m Up ( Log Out /  We met a couple fellow hikers here as we took a few pictures. One of them happened to be the Campside Chef who told us all about his cool business in which he guides groups up mountains and prepares a gourmet lunch at the summit for the group! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. The two trails climb the 8mi 2235.5 m Up An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Located north of Duluth in the heart of Minnesota’s unspoiled Superior National Forest of the Mesabi Iron Range, Giants Ridge offers incredible four-season fun and adventure for every level of outdoor enthusiast. I suggest adding the Rocky Peak Ridge trail just 0.1 miles from Giant's summit. There are three main routes to Giant Mountain, one from the east, and two from the west. 9.5 km Trail, NY Department of Environmental Conservation - High Peaks Wilderness. The summit of Giant was very busy, as it had been my last time up. 657' Up 3678.84 m Down. I had to look that one up after the hike! Continuing back down the trail, we took a left at the jct. ( Log Out /  The Beginning Of A Never Ending Adventure in the Adirondack Mountains, Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge via the Ridge Trail, Wright, Algonquin and an ADK Moose Journey, Exploring Brown Tract Pond in The Adirondack’s. • It’s always fun running into different people on the trails; don’t pass up the opportunity to chat a bit – you never know what you will find out! We choose to stay with the original plan and keep right to continue climbing up to Giant. Once at the jct. Although the summit of Giant is semi treed giving only 245* views and just at the edge of the alpine zone, the ridge trail is magnificent and open with 200-300 degree views along much of it. Giants Ridge, located in northeastern Minnesota, is a ski resort with 7 ski lifts, 35 trails, and 210 acres. 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. 306.38 m Down, 5.9 mi August 2005. 656' Down us. • The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Type: Out & Back. Once in the col, the ascent back to Giant was a strenuous straight up climb back to the junction. The Summit is open with plenty of great picture opportunities of neighboring mountains and high peaks. Total trip: 8.6 miles (4650' ascent) 8 hours. Just past the Washbowl to the right is a designated camping spot, I bet it’s a really neat place to camp…adding it to my list! It was dry from trailhead to the peak. to Rocky Peak Ridge just 0.1 mile from the summit, which we would be doing next. Some people take the Roaring Brook Trail from NY 73, a longer route to the summit with a side trip to the scenic Roaring Brook Falls. I knew well enough to bring more water than I planned to drink this time as the trail is mostly open and steep. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. My Account . 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. This mountain is a Giant indeed!!! Leesa wanted a hike that would be about 6 hours or so. 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. • The trail continues steeply down to the col before climbing moderately up to Rocky Peak Ridge. GIANT Mtn. Trees were 50% red or yellow. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Today I was hiking with my good friend who hadn’t yet hiked Giant or Rocky Peak Ridge yet. Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. NOT OKAY! It was a hot day, and the haze interrupted what would have been an awesome view had we been there in different weather. From the jct. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. My Account . From the peak the views were far reaching with excellent views of the “Giant” close enough that it felt as if it was in reach. 1,005' Down United States. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and While Giant is not one of my favorite summits, the ridge trail, and Giant Mountain are among my favorites, Skip to main content . The Ridge trail is steep and rocky, you will gain 3000 ft of elevation over 3 miles. 7,334' Up The ridge trail is a classic. The original trail is the Roaring Brook trail, and that one is 7.2 miles round trip. According to stories ascribed to the tribe, Pocumtuck Ridge and Sugarloaf Mountain were the remains of a giant beaver killed by the giant spirit Hobomock (the same spirit who diverted the course of the Connecticut River in central Connecticut and was cursed to sleep forever as the Sleeping Giant … 12,875' Up I also wanted a trail that would be well broken, since I … It’s much steeper and requires a lot more effort but if you’re into better views over a less strenuous hike this is a winner! Length: 1.40 mi. In partnership with. Good trail to get the heart going and legs … 9.0 km Shop our newest MTB bikes now. We decided to take the bump and go around it on the descent. Description Certainly not the most difficult trail in the Adirondacks but there are some nice scrambles and steep spots that make it some fun. Full Suspension; Hardtail; 29" 27.5" 26" Electric Mountain Bikes; … Road Bikes. I really enjoyed climbing the Ridge Trail compared to the Roaring Brook Trail. for Giant’s Nubble to the left. At 0.7 miles we came across the washbowl, a small pond where the trail skirts around shortly before heading up hill again. I'm not sure why. Like I said earlier, a traverse on the East Trail starting on Route 9 in New Russia over Bald Peak, Rocky Peak Ridge and then to Giant and then down the Zander Scott or Roaring Brook trails would be a great hike with two cars or a bicycle spot. That day it was very hot, temps were in the high 90’s and extremely humid. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. — 12,070' Down Giant Mountain Named Appropriately We took the Roaring Brook Trail on Memorial Day Saturday and got to the parking lot around 7:00 am and there were only a few spots left. 19.0 km Towards the top, I passed a junction sign for Rocky Ridge Peak, saying the peak of Giant was 0.3 miles away. United States. We met several fellow hikers descending down on their way to Rocky Peak Ridge. I wanted to get some vertical and get perhaps one last good snowshoe hike for the season. We will describe the route up Giant via the Ridge Trail here because it is the shortest and most popular route to the top. Giant Mountain is the twelfth-highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, in New York, USA. 1,516' Up The last time I climbed Giant Mountain I went up the Roaring Brook trail a couple miles up the road off from route 73. 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 is the next destination. 3.1 km This is about an injury or accident ( Log Out /  433' Down A few hundred feet from the summit you'll notice an intersection that leads to Rocky Peak Ridge. we continued on another 0.8 miles of steep climbing to the summit of Giant Mountain, passing the jct. • 435' Up The trail is short (only 3 miles one way) but rises at over 1000 feet/mile requiring a constant effort to ascend, as well as descend. Giant Mountain (4,627 ft.)- There are five trails that can be used to reach the summit of Gia… • Just beyond this is Giant's Washbowl, a pretty, rugged little mountain pond. 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. 2065.64 m Down, 1.9 mi Steep and steady elevation gain for 3 miles (Roaring Brook Trail). Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. • Road Bikes. Bikes . 7h 40m, Left at 2am for a sunrise on the east side lookout, then on to RPR and back to summit Giant. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. It is only 2.4 miles R/T. The bump wasn’t nearly as long of a climb as I was expecting, just a short steep climb up and we were back on the trail. Summer is filled with world-class golf right here in northern Minnesota, plus mountain biking and even more outdoor … The 2020 season at Giants Ridge brings six purpose-built gravity (downhill) mountain bike trails currently in place, with more gravity (downhill) trails + 20 miles of cross country trail in construction throughout the season. There are approximately 30 miles of marked, maintained trails within the largely mountainous Giant Mountain Wilderness. Something else? 11h 30m, You don't find many trails with this many stunning views on the east coast. Land Manager: NY Department of Environmental Conservation - High Peaks Wilderness, 21.0 mi Enjoy the serene lake and views of hillsides painted in red and yellow as your reward! Official Site. • Total Distance 18 miles Total Descent 3,777 ft Total Vertical 478 ft Highest Trailhead 1,844 ft Reports 27 Photos 28 Ridden Counter 816. And, as I figured, Ashley (who turned 9 on May 13), was the best hiker in the group. Rocky Peak Ridge via Giant Mountain Hikers can begin at the Roaring Brook or Chapel Pond trailheads to begin this hike. After a tenth of a mile the trail opens up with amazing views of the Dix Range, Gaint’s Washbowl and Chapel Pond while climbing up steep open rock for a little while. Giant Bicycles' mountain bikes and accessories give you the speed and control you need to master any terrain. This is a great place to catch a sunrise if you want to start out early and don't have time to get all the way over to RPR which would … 131.99 m Down, 141.2 mi 338.57 m Down, 5.6 mi At 0.7 miles we reached a nice lookout above Chapel Pond and to the right Giant’s Nubble. Giant Washbowl Via Ridge Trail . 1,111' Down After you turn on to the actual Giant Mountain Trail, in about a mile you get some beautiful view points going up some open rock faces. Giant is just that; giant, and looks more so because its neighbors are quite a bit shorter. The dead trees surrounding the washbowl were really neat. It was not easy but there were a lot of vistas where you will be happy to stop and catch your breath. Giant Mountain Peak via Ridge Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. TRAILHEAD. Skip to main content. In this episode I'm joined by my friend Peter Gustafson to ride the new trails at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik Minnesota. NY 73 can be very busy during the summer weekends and holidays with popular high peak … At 2.2 miles we were at the jct. • We grabbed a bite to eat while soaking up the sun on the warm rocky summit before descending back down Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant. to either go over the bump or around the bump. Performance & Racing; Triathlon; Fitness; City & Hybrid ; Folding; Cruisers; Electric Road Bikes; View All ; Mountain Bikes. Full Suspension; Hardtail; 29" 27.5" 26" Electric Mountain Bikes; … Being one of the more popular hikes, there were very few places left to park and vehicles were still pulling in as we laced up our boots and prepared for the hike. After chatting for a while about the Adirondack’s we found out that we both have a story featured on Visit Adirondack’s website! From the first lookout we continued on following the blue foot trail descending down a short hike to Giant’s Washbowl, which I have been anxious to see! It is a very rewarding climb, offering many great views … - Initially I had planned to head to the ADK's Labor Day weekend but Hurricane Irene … — You could see the bare summit of Rocky Peak Ridge as we descended steeply down Giant, and Lake Champlain sitting behind it. 6,777' Down Giants Ridge is the #1-rated family vacation destination in Minnesota. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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. we continued our descent back down, following the Ridge trail that we ascended on. The open ridge offering beautiful views ahead made for a stunning picturesque descent. Another option if you’re feeling ambitious is hiking both Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge via the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail, detailed here. The hiking distance is probably on … Performance & Racing; Triathlon; Fitness; City & Hybrid ; Folding; Cruisers; Electric Road Bikes; View All; Mountain Bikes. After you turn on to the actual Giant Mountain Trail, in about a mile you get some beautiful view points going up some open rock faces. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The two most popular routes begin on trailheads along NY 73, one near Roaring Brook and the other near Chapel Pond, known as the Ridge Trail trailhead. Both the Giant and Rocky summits are impressive and the views very different. Pocumtuck was the name of a now extinct tribe of Native Americans who lived in the area prior to 1800. If you use a bicycle, biking from the Scott Zander trail to the New Russia trailhead is mostly downhil, so that would be my first choice. In fact, as I was gingerly pulling my boots … Shop Giant for top performing electric mountain bikes designed to handle the most challenging terrain with confident trail handling. Headed up to the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks to hike 4627 foot Giant Mountain with Kalli today via the Ridge Trail. 3924.39 m Up Bikes . • After 1.0 mile we are at the jct. A view of the High Peaks from Giant, and Lake Champlain, Canada and Vermont from Rocky Peak Ridge can … At 1.7 miles the open trail reaches a jct. Being a jerk / offensive? 200.02 m Down, 11.8 mi Change ). Be sure to check out his website www.campsidechef.com to learn more about it. Certainly not the most difficult trail in the Adirondacks but there are some nice scrambles and steep spots that make it some fun. 200.37 m Up This was a great hike to the summit. Great mountain skiing, Giants R idge caters to experts and beginners alike, as 31% is designated for beginners and 25% is designated for experts. The falls can be seen from NY 73. Giant Mountain Wilderness G ia ntMou Wilderness O th erFo s P r es v land C onservati Eas em nt 2/2015 Giant Mountain Wilderness N orth Huds n 10 miles E Keene 2 miles E 0.5 1 2 Kilom et rs ± 0 0.5 1 2 Miles Parking Hiking Lean-to Primitive Campsite F!j t[!0. SUMMIT. A terrain park, slopeside lodging, restaurant, grill, snowmaking, rentals, instruction, and in the summer, golf, are all available at Giants Ridge. Great Views, not too long but very steep trail. The views from the top were amazing, looking out to the Dix Range, the MacIntyre Range and the Great Range; much better than they were last time. We took a lunch break on the summit while taking in the views and being entertained by a raven flying over the summit scoping it out. 132.46 m Up At the 1 mile mark there is a side trail left to Giant's Nubble. She was the trail leader the whole way and was the least fatiqued at the end of the day. About This Trail [Total: 1 Average: 5/5] This hike in the Adirondacks is a real butt-kicker as you huff it nearly 700 ft UP the Ridge Trail in less than a mile to Giant Washbowl Lake. I guess they were caused as a result of the water rising up above 5 feet when the underground outlet of the Washbowl was plugged from 1988 until 1992. ( Log Out /  This will take you down the east side of Giant and over to RPR. 9.6mi 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. View were amazing starting about 2/3 up the mountain. • We weren’t 100% sure which trail we were going to take as we made our way up the Northway, we had seen a few trail heads … General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. of the Roaring Brook trail, where I had come up the last time I hiked Giant Mountain. Popular Giants Ridge Mountain Biking Trails status title difficulty rating; Leapfrog: Sector 12: Tadpole: Goliath: Kitty Cat: Ribbit Two: Ribbit One: Granite Gorge: Ribbit Three: … us. 33.8 km We knew it would be crowded and it was. Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge (#39 & #40) Date of Hike: 10/5/11 Zander Scott / East Trail: 8.4 miles (4,000 elevation gain) Trip Report: - After a few months of hiking in the White Mountains it was time to head to New York and visit the Adirondack High Peaks to continue hiking the Forty-Sixers. 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. 462.07 m Up 3mi, Create Recommended Route or Great views all along the way! Title: Giant Mountain Wilderness Map Author: NYSDEC Subject: Giant Mountain Wilderness Keywords: Giant Mountain Wilderness, … The views were limited due to the blue haze so I was excited to see what today’s hike had to offer for not only views from the summits, but from the Ridge Trial as well. Home / Fashion / Brands / Mountain Ridge / Mountain Ridge Men's Everyday Trail Shoes - 7-12 Mountain Ridge Men’s Everyday Trail Shoes - 7-12 $19.00 Spam? Keene Valley, NY. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The peak is also known as "Giant of the Valley," due to its stature looking over Keene Valley and St. Huberts to the west. We started out at 10:00am and after signing in at the trail register, following the blue foot trail as we began to climb right away. The normal route up the Ridge Trail is long but not overly steep, it has great sections of exposed rock with some minor scrambling, there are a number of good lookouts along the trail and the summit is mostly bald and offers the best view of the entire great range as well as Whiteface, Easter and the Dix range. 227.3 km The trail left connects to the Roaring Brook Trail, straight crosses the pond's outlet and passes a campsite before continuing up Giant. Please explain. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 1,004' Up Really, this sounds like a fun time and I’m looking forward to joining one of the adventures in the near future. A short way down there is a trail off to the left to go out to the East Slide Lookout. Giant’s washbowl – a quiet, secluded pond set into the shoulder of the mountain. 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