how are we going to get past that. Some of the open rock was icy, so that was pretty scary at times, but if you picked your footing carefully it's definitely doable. Your email address will not be published. Giant Mountain is the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks; Giant can also be approached by first climbing Rocky Peak Ridge Camping. Myself along with a group of 6, in total will be there 01/02. we got the list and realized oh snap Rocky Peak is on the list. The view into the Great Range and beyond is amazing and well worth a ling lunch break. Meanwhile, the temperature had risen comfortably into the mid 20’s F and the sun was fighting through the cloud-cover. Be prepared for a quick assent— elevation kicks up pretty fast. Both parking areas are free - this trip report is set up as one car left at the Rt 9 lot and starting at the Chapel Pond lot trail head. 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. Snowshoeing Rocky Peak Ridge in winter is a serious endeavor that should only be attempted after tackling a few of the area's smaller mountains. Yes. 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 trail will then quickly take you to Giant’s Washbowl, a pleasing pond that has good skating in the winter, and around the washbowl to the right. Your email address will not be published. We took a nice dip in Chapel Pond afterwards, very refreshing :). Trail was clearly marked and it wasn’t until it got dark that there was any question bc of leaf cover. Nice trail report, thanks for leaving and with nice pics too. You will be returning here and heading on down the East Trail towards Rocky Peak for your long descent out to the easterly trailhead. Later we will make a turn here to hike over to Rocky Peak Ridge mountain. Once at the summit we were amazed at the great views even though most of the peaks appeared hazy. We reached the icy step on the way down Giant and it was still mostly covered in snow. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. There is no fee to park there. 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 Bring plenty of water if you’re going out on a hot day. 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. For more information on the trail contact the NYS DEC or visit their website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9163.html. The descent is steep off Giant towards RPR, but in the winter I think it's an easier walk than in the summer. Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. 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. Continue on from here to the top of Giant Mountain straight ahead. Considered a challenging hike, particularly on hot days, but also seen as one of the best hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks for peak fall foliage, Rocky Peak Ridge is a pretty climb with some steep ups and downs, and is often done in conjunction with Giant, as it adds a little over 2.5 miles to include Giant in the trip. You are on top of one big mountain. Snowshoeing Giant Mountain in winter is a serious endeavor that should only be attempted after tackling a few of the area's smaller mountains. Across the valley, Rocky Peak Ridge’s twin slides (sand and rubble) looked nearly vertical, an illusion of perspective. After enjoying the summit you will head back down to the junction and head towards Rocky Peak Ridge (RPR). we set out on that trail at 6am didn't made it to my car until around 815pm. Making my way back to Giant Mountain, I arrived just after noon to the same view I had four hours earlier. I was also nervous about my pup after talking to a few folks on the trail. You'll soon find yourself at the beautiful Giant Washbowl Pond. this hike is 11.3 mi, according to my ADK trail map, and after hiking it today, can say it was true. 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. My sister and I hiked Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge from the Roaring Brook trail on Rte 73 to Rt 9 in New Russia. Many of us in the northeast have been wondering when winter would arrive. Mud made rock slabs slippery so it was slow going down to RPR and back up. The views are incredible - and the hike itself is worth it. You will want to drop a car at the Rte 9 lower trailhead and then drive to the Rte 73 Chapel Pond Trailhead to start the hike. Parking here is free. We tried to find additional information about this and learned about a terribly sad story. once we decend the summit and got home, I went on Google to research giant and to see how high it was and it was then I found out that I had just hike the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks. 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. Great views at both summits. Rock scrambles that were suppose to be non negotiable. 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