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. Photo by Douglas Fortman. Heading back the 0.1 miles to the junction, we had 1.2 miles to Rocky Peak Ridge. The original trail is the Roaring Brook trail, and that one is 7.2 miles round trip. Each hill ahead of us made us think ‘how will we make it up that monster’? There are two usual routes to the summit, either from the west or east, both on trail. Easy, right? I will confess here we thought we were at the top of the mountain, then we saw the next hill (which we also thought was the top of the mountain haha). 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. Above Chapel Pond . People who assassinate other people in the past have always had three names used. 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. (8 hr. 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. Instagram- @jonathanzphotography_ Song- Joakim Karud - Love Mode Backtrack to the intersection mentioned above and head to Rocky Peak Ridge. The views are some of the nicest I’ve yet seen. This trail can get busy but on this day we had the place to ourselves. © 2020 Outdoor Project. This is a 6+ mile one way hike. Rocky Peak Ridge is 1.2 miles to the east and Giant Mountain is often combined with Rocky Peak. Some clouds hung around but they added to the incredible view. 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 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. Like the summit of Giant Mountain, it is open rock with 360 degree views of the surrounding area. Rocky Peak Ridge stands as the high point on the ridge extending east from Giant. This separation by the deep valley makes 4,627' Giant Mountain one of the most prominent peaks in New York. 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. Park the first car at the trailhead in New Russia on Route 9. 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. Headed up to the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks to hike 4627 foot Giant Mountain with Kalli today via the Ridge Trail. Giant Mountain from Rocky Peak Ridge Here is a topographic picture of the Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge area . 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. The mountain, only a couple hundred feet shorter than Giant, was clearly visible in the distance. The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. Just east of Giant Mountain sits Rocky Peak Ridge, which rises to a lofty elevation of 4420 feet and is the 20th highest of the Adirondack High Peaks. The hike is a little shorter that way and my dad still wasn’t convinced I could handle an 11 hour hike. Go back on Route 73 and park the second car along the road in front of the trailhead located just south of Chapel Pond. Giant Mountain is also called "Giant of the Valley" because it beautifully looks over Keene Valley and St. Hubert's to the west. I headed down from the summit of Giant and quickly arrived at the fork to Rocky Peak Ridge. 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.). Rocky Peak Ridge (#27) I headed down from the summit of Giant and quickly arrived at the fork to Rocky Peak Ridge. Of course they have fancy long names too. The best way to tackle this is to do it like Cascade and Porter. A few hundred feet from the summit you'll notice an intersection that leads to Rocky Peak Ridge. This route is more commonly used by those attempting to become Adirondack Forty-Sixers, since Rocky Peak (4420 feet) is a required peak. The mountain, only a couple hundred feet shorter than Giant, was … Rocky Peak Ridge Bushwhack(Giant Mountain Wilderness-Adirondacks) Just east of Giant Mountain sits Rocky Peak Ridge, which rises to a lofty elevation of 4420 feet and is the 20th highest of the Adirondack High Peaks. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. A short way down there is a trail off to the left to go out to the East Slide Lookout. Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Unfortunately we were fogged in during the first view. After this hard climb I rested some more at the junction with the Ridge Trail, and noticed a strange feeling. Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park of New York, United States. The 6.7-mile trail ascends 3,600 feet. Click here for larger-size photo. Then it was on to the next, Rocky Peak! The “Giant” Mountain from the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge The Summit is open with plenty of great picture opportunities of neighboring mountains and high peaks. Giant of the Valley and Rocky Peak Ridge are fun mountains. Reply. Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge - Giant Mountain Wilderness - 1/10/13 When it's a powder day, I get the urge to grab my skis, but when the forecast calls for full sun and light winds, I start thinking of the mountains. From here, you’ll climb through a meadow to the top of Rocky Peak Ridge at 6.7 miles. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. She was right. You'll have superb scenery to motivate you, however, and while Giant Mountain offers great views, the Rocky Peak Ridge might steal the show. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge from Belfry Mountain fire tower (2017-07-09). Blueberry Cobbles can be reached by a slight detour along the way to the trailhead in New Russia. My buddy Jim and I had been eyeballing another, much more interesting and challenging route. No extra car? It was a lot of butt sliding down slippery wet rock. The Best Winter Adventures in North America. The name of the mountain is due to its geology, a rocky ridge to the east of the better known Giant Mountain. There is a nice open rock ridgeline going up Giant, allowing views back down the trail, towards Round, Noonmark and Bear Den mountains. 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This peak offers one of the best view-to-distance ratio of all the Adirondack 46ers. In the clouds on Giant Mountain’s peak. There are signposts, trail markers and yellow rock markings everywhere! 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. 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. We will stop for pictures during the ascent and have lunch at the rocky summit before we set out for Giant Mountain. Above Giant’s Washbowl. After enjoying in the views, keep going toward Bald Peak. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles. Giant’s Washbowl. It was something that started to worry my dad because we had planned to come back up and over Giant Mtn to get home after reaching the summit of Rocky Ridge. Just be sure to bring lots of water and lots of stamina. These were peaks #5 and 6 for me and I cannot wait to bag my next one. Interested hikers can continue over to Rocky Peak Ridge from a trail just below Giant's summit. The 1.2 miles contains a 1000 foot drop to a 700 feet incline over it's 1.2 mile distance. Continuing onward, the trail will descend to the outlet of Mary Louise Pond and travel around the north end of the pond at 6.1 miles. I had an awesome time in the Adirondacks with Louis and Josh who were first time offenders in the High Peaks region. Awesome stuff but the wind was ice cold and we had to keep moving. As this hike is a traverse, two cars are required. The trail descends steeply for a bit only to start climbing again. For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. I'm not sure why. After reaching Rocky Peak Ridge, hikers decent a small col before ascending to Giant Mountain. Giant's Washbowl lies in a small depression near the 2,300-foot (700 m) level on the lower south slope of Giant Mountain and has a surface area of about five acres (2 ha). Giant Mountain for Number 9. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. Starting on Route 73 will save a lot of elevation gain. Bald Peak also offers 360-degree views, as its name would suggest. The brief uphill section to the top of Rocky Peak Ridge was mercifully much more gentle, and after less than an hour from Giant, I made it to the top of Rocky Peak Ridge. Rocky Peak Ridge - The high point on Rocky Peak Ridge (4,420 ft.) can be reached directly from the East Trail to Giant Trailhead. We were dangerously low on water at this point, but found a small trickle of a stream to fill up at while on the ridge. 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’s about protecting what sustains us. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth come to mind. It was a hot day, and the haze interrupted what would have been an awesome view had we been there in different weather. Again, this is one of the better marked trails in the Adirondacks. The forecast for this day was full sun, 10 mph winds and 32 degrees. Keene Valley, NY. At 1.6 miles the sky opened up and we walked out onto the first slide. Rocky Peak is the easternmost of the Adirondack’s highest peaks. No problem. The prominent rock slides on the mountain's steep western face and its location away from most other large peaks make it quite an imposing figure, leading to its name. From Rocky Ridge Peak, Giant Mountain is a mere 600 feet down to a small col and 800 feet up. 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. 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 of the mountains, forests … - The hike between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge is known for being one of the steepest and most tiring hikes between 4,000 foot peaks in the Adirondacks. 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 other. I wanted to get some vertical and get perhaps one last good snowshoe hike for the season. Giant Mountain is in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, New York. This becomes an out-and-back, and you simply retrace your steps when you’ve reached the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. The trail from New Russia is rarely broken in winter, so this is not the best option once snow falls. … Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? 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. We returned to the junction with (Rocky Peak traverse), and Tim, Dan and 9 y/o Ashley were feeling pretty good, so we decided to "grab to next peak". The 10 mile trail over Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant includes 5300' of climbing, and 9500' for the 20 mile round trip. On July 26th we arrived at the Chapel … It has a significant elevation gain over rugged, rocky and terrain ranging from steep to brutally steep. This is the next destination. The GPS coordinates are 44.161165 (latitude), -73.720279 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 4,626 feet (1,410 meters) above sea level. Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. The Zander Scott trail offers spectacular views of the Adirondacks over nearly it's entire distance. Side trip to Rocky Peak Ridge. The Roaring Brook Trail is pretty popular way to climb these mountains, but I chose to climb the Zander Scott Trail which starts by Chapel Pond on route 73. The col is short, quiet and nice. In July of 2018 my co-worker (and climbing partner) and I were sent to Quebec City Canada for a work conference. You descend quite steeply (800') off Giant and into the col between the two. Rocky Peak Ridge stands as the high point on the ridge extending east from Giant. HALF WAY THERE! There are three major trails that lead to its summit, two from the East – along Rt. Instagram- @jonathanzphotography_ Song- Joakim Karud - Love Mode Giant and Rocky Peak via the Ridge Trail. We had a snack or two on top of Giant at 10:15AM! Next up: Rocky Peak Ridge From Giant, it is 1.2 miles (2km) to the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. The descent off of Giant and toward Rocky Ridge was REALLY steep. We will describe the route up Giant via the Ridge Trail here because it is the shortest and most popular route to the top. 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. Another option if you’re feeling ambitious is hiking both Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge via the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail, detailed here. Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park of New York, United States. 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