My buddy Jim and I had been eyeballing another, much more interesting and challenging route. 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. Begin hiking at the trailhead on Route 73. Rocky Peak Ridge stands as the high point on the ridge extending east from Giant. 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 term “Peak” most likely got inserted some time after this. Giant Mountain is in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, New York. 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. Giant of the Valley and Rocky Peak Ridge are fun mountains. The col is short, quiet and nice. 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. This is the next destination. The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. Click here for larger-size photo. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. Park the first car at the trailhead in New Russia on Route 9. The Zander Scott trail offers spectacular views of the Adirondacks over nearly it's entire distance. View Giant Mountain in a larger map. People who assassinate other people in the past have always had three names used. For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer, and it is illegal to park along Route 73. 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. 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. 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. They sit separated from the mass of the Adirondack High Peaks by Route 73. 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. We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. 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. Leesa wanted a hike that would be about 6 hours or so. We wanted to include her on a day hike in the Adirondacks. This route is more commonly used by those attempting to become Adirondack Forty-Sixers, since Rocky Peak (4420 feet) is a required peak. Rocky Peak Ridge via Giant Mountain Hikers can begin at the Roaring Brook or Chapel Pond trailheads to begin this hike. Easy, right? Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. 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. Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge ” Christine says: March 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm I suspect that a lot of the butt slides were from me from the day before. This hike was tougher than anticipated. Rocky Peak is the easternmost of the Adirondack’s highest peaks. 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The mountain, only a couple hundred feet shorter than Giant, was clearly visible in the distance. Side trip to Rocky Peak Ridge. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. Photo by Douglas Fortman. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Giant Mountain from Rocky Peak Ridge Here is a topographic picture of the Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge area . 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 forecast for this day was full sun, 10 mph winds and 32 degrees. Interested hikers can continue over to Rocky Peak Ridge from a trail just below Giant's summit. Eh.. The forecast for this day was full sun, 10 mph winds and 32 degrees. 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. 30 min.) The views are some of the nicest I’ve yet seen. 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. 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. 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. That trailhead is said to have the highest elevation gain of all regular trailheads leading to a single Adirondack 46er peak. Only have one car and looking for a workout? Aspiring 46ers! … The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. Above Chapel Pond . Click here for larger-size photo. Unfortunately we were fogged in during the first view. 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 … We saw the trail to Rocky from Giant was only 1.1 miles. 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. © 2020 Outdoor Project. It was a lot of butt sliding down slippery wet rock. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak can be hiked by the trails mentioned above. 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’s Washbowl. 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.). At 1.6 miles the sky opened up and we walked out onto the first slide. The 2.2-mile ridge along the way often allows fantastic views in all directions, especially around photogenic Mary Louise Pond. I'm not sure why. It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other. Hiking With Your Dog: Rocky Peak Ridge & Giant Mountain. 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. Hiker spa on Giant Mountain (2017-08-09). 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