Blueberry Cobbles can be reached by a slight detour along the way to the trailhead in New Russia. 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 trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Rocky Peak Ridge - The high point on Rocky Peak Ridge (4,420 ft.) can be reached directly from the East Trail to Giant Trailhead. Headed up to the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks to hike 4627 foot Giant Mountain with Kalli today via the Ridge Trail. It was not easy but there were a lot of vistas where you will be happy to stop and catch your breath. 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 This separation by the deep valley makes 4,627' Giant Mountain one of the most prominent peaks in New York. What! There are two usual routes to the summit, either from the west or east, both on trail. Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. © 2020 Outdoor Project. Leesa wanted a hike that would be about 6 hours or so. Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth come to mind. 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. This becomes an out-and-back, and you simply retrace your steps when you’ve reached the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. Easy, right? The normal route for Rocky Peak Ridge is to start from the E up and over Blueberry Cobbles and Bald Peak and then along the open ridge to the summit. Again, this is one of the better marked trails in the Adirondacks. The hiking never ends! Giant Mountain is in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, New York. 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. Rocky Peak Ridge is 1.2 miles to the east and Giant Mountain is often combined with Rocky Peak. 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. We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. A short way down there is a trail off to the left to go out to the East Slide Lookout. Reply. Giant of the Valley and Rocky Peak Ridge are fun mountains. One route for Rocky Peak Ridge is to start from the east at the US 9 trailhead, going up and over Blueberry Cobbles, then Bald Peak and then along the open ridge to the summit. No wonder, as Rocky Ridge Peak stands at 4,420 feet and offers 360-degree views of the surrounding beauty of the Adirondacks. As this hike is a traverse, two cars are required. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. There is a tricky part between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge that I … The trail from New Russia is rarely broken in winter, so this is not the best option once snow falls. The col is short, quiet and nice. Giant and Rocky Peak via the Ridge Trail. So if Noonmark Mountain, Green Mountain or Hurricane Mountain get shot in the head don't try to blame Gothics or Couchsachraga. Rocky Peak, while above 4,000 feet, does not count as a 46er given that its prominence is not great enough to distinguish it as a unique peak. Posted by tgace459 on July 27, 2018 August 28, 2018. 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 is steep and rocky, you will gain 3000 ft of elevation over 3 miles. 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. We saw the trail to Rocky from Giant was only 1.1 miles. Rocky Peak is the easternmost of the Adirondack’s highest peaks. Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. 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". We grabbed a bite to eat while soaking up the sun on the warm rocky summit before … The ascent of Giant from Rocky Peak Ridge certainly lived up to my fears, and there were a few stretches where I was just managing to put one foot in front of (or above) the other. 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. 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. HALF WAY THERE! For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. Bald Peak also offers 360-degree views, as its name would suggest. For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. Summited Giant Mountain for the second time and Rocky Peak Ridge to bring our total to 23 out of 46 High Peaks. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. 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. Posted by tgace459 on July 27, 2018 August 28, 2018 In July of 2018 my co-worker (and climbing partner) and I were sent to Quebec City Canada for a work conference. Outdoor Project may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. 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. 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. Photo by Christina Bushunow. I slid down for a majority of the hike. 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 Rocky Peak Ridge stands as the high point on the ridge extending east from Giant. This peak offers one of the best view-to-distance ratio of all the Adirondack 46ers. Giant’s Washbowl. 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. The views are some of the nicest I’ve yet seen. The Zander Scott trail offers spectacular views of the Adirondacks over nearly it's entire distance. Hiking With Your Dog: Rocky Peak Ridge & Giant Mountain. Starting on Route 73 will save a lot of elevation gain. See the description above. Heading back the 0.1 miles to the junction, we had 1.2 miles to Rocky Peak Ridge. No problem. 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. From here, you’ll climb through a meadow to the top of Rocky Peak Ridge at 6.7 miles. 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 Aspiring 46ers! Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge from Belfry Mountain fire tower (2017-07-09). Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near New Russia, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak can be hiked by the trails mentioned above. 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Start: 52 F , Middle: 72 F , End: 76 F. The Ridge (Zander Scott) Trail to Giant Mtn. Towards the top, I passed a junction sign for Rocky Ridge Peak, saying the peak of Giant was 0.3 miles away. 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 … It has a significant elevation gain over rugged, rocky and terrain ranging from steep to brutally steep. The third trail head is in New Russia, it runs about 8 miles to Giant and I hear it is very cool. 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. 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. Congrats on another 2 down (and 2 winter peaks!) Giant Mountain is also called "Giant of the Valley" because it beautifully looks over Keene Valley and St. Hubert's to the west. Above Giant’s Washbowl. A few hundred feet from the summit you'll notice an intersection that leads to Rocky Peak Ridge. Next up: Rocky Peak Ridge From Giant, it is 1.2 miles (2km) to the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. Map and location information for Giant Mountain in New York: Giant Mountain is one of the Summits in Essex County, NY and can be found on the Rocky Peak Ridge USGS topographic quad map. At 1.6 miles the sky opened up and we walked out onto the first slide. Only have one car and looking for a workout? 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 – 4,627 ft. Rocky Peak Ridge – 4,420 ft. August 1, 2014. All rights reserved. This is a 6+ mile one way hike. Photo by Douglas Fortman. We hiked down the back side of Giant and across the ridge before starting the ascent to Rocky Peak Ridg e. The back side of Giant is somewhat steep, be careful. Giant and Rocky Ridge stand as the 12th and 20th highest peaks in the Adirondacks. 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. You can see a ton of mountains like Sawteeth Gothics, Dix, Nipple Top, and Marcy. Then it was on to the next, Rocky Peak! #46ers #RPR #newrussia An Adirondack overnight backpacking trip in January of 2016 from New Russia to Mary Louise Pond. The descent off of Giant and toward Rocky Ridge was REALLY steep. Giant ranks as the twelfth highest peak with an elevation of 4,627 feet and Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth at 4,420 feet. This trail can get busy but on this day we had the place to ourselves. We will stop for pictures during the ascent and have lunch at the rocky summit before we set out for Giant Mountain. Like the summit of Giant Mountain, it is open rock with 360 degree views of the surrounding area. At 0.7 miles we came across the washbowl, a small pond where the trail skirts around shortly before heading up hill again. The originally named Ridge Trail was renamed Zander Scott in 1992. It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other. Instagram- @jonathanzphotography_ Song- Joakim Karud - Love Mode Giant and Rocky Ridge stand as the 12th and 20th highest peaks in the Adirondacks. Another option if you’re feeling ambitious is hiking both Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge via the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail, detailed here. Hiker spa on Giant Mountain (2017-08-09). Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park of New York, United States. There are signposts, trail markers and yellow rock markings everywhere! After this hard climb I rested some more at the junction with the Ridge Trail, and noticed a strange feeling. Amazing view from the top of Giant (2017-09-10). We made plans to stop in the Adk Park and hike Giant Mt and Rocky Peak Ridge (RPR) along the way home so we packed our gear and took it with us. 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. Giant Mountain from Rocky Peak Ridge Here is a topographic picture of the Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge area . The hike is a little shorter that way and my dad still wasn’t convinced I could handle an 11 hour hike. No extra car? They sit separated from the mass of the Adirondack High Peaks by Route 73. After reaching Rocky Peak Ridge, hikers decent a small col before ascending to Giant Mountain. Just be sure to bring lots of water and lots of stamina. While the climbing makes for a challenging run, there is a great deal of open ridge running on this route, and the views are early, often, and expansive in both directions. The 1.2 miles contains a 1000 foot drop to a 700 feet incline over it's 1.2 mile distance. She is a good running companion who keeps pace easily enough on three to five mile runs. Keene Valley, NY. The 6.7-mile trail ascends 3,600 feet. Rocky Peak Ridge stands as the high point on the ridge extending east from Giant. The term “Peak” most likely got inserted some time after this. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer, and it is illegal to park along Route 73. On July 26th we arrived at the Chapel … These were peaks #5 and 6 for me and I cannot wait to bag my next one. I'm not sure why. There are three major trails that lead to its summit, two from the East – along Rt. Side trip to Rocky Peak Ridge. We were thinking it was not even 10:30 and we had already climbed a mountain. The best way to tackle this is to do it like Cascade and Porter. 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