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Difficulty Hard
Distance 5 KM
Elevation gain 1,410 M
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Giant Mountain is the twelfth-highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, in New York, USA. The peak is also known as "Giant of the Valley," due to its stature looking over Keene Valley and St. Huberts to the west. 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.



There are three main trails up Giant, one from the east, and two from the west. The two most popular routes begin on trailheads along New York State Route 73, one near St. Huberts ("Roaring Brook Trail") and the other near Chapel Pond ("Zander Scott Trail"). The two trails climb the southern ridge of the mountain, meeting up about a mile south of the summit. The Zander Scott Trail is shorter than the Roaring Brook Trail but steeper.



The third trail begins from the east, near the town of New Russia, and is not as commonly climbed due to the longer hike. The route climbs Bald Peak, a smaller mountain with unusual krummholz that is predominately Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis), then begins the ascent of Rocky Peak Ridge. After summiting Rocky Peak Ridge, hikers descend a small coll before ascending to the Giant summit. This route is more commonly used by those attempting to become Adirondack Forty-Sixers, since Rocky Peak is a required peak.


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44.1612881 -73.7204719

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Rating and comments

Tawny Olin
Tawny Olin
Giant and Rocky Peak are two of my favorite mountains to hike. I have done this high peak in all seasons and love the view every time. I particularly enjoy hiking it in the winter as there are less crowds and the views/terrain is spectacular.
Anna Lopez
Anna Lopez
Amazing and fun hike with good views at the top
Jane Maxwell
Jane Maxwell
Steep hike up. Beautiful view of the range from the summit. The wash was my favorite area to see. Appropriately named mountain.
Jennifer Anderson
Jennifer Anderson
I did this hike 7/21/19. It was an amazing hike. I came from Ohio and my hiking legs were dormant. I started from what is considered the secondary trailhead at Roaring Brook. It’s a little longer than the Primary from what I’ve read. I lived in Arizona for 8 years and if you’ve ever done Camelback, this was basically doing 3 Camelbacks non stop. I knew it was steep going up but really felt it coming down. At the top it was a good 20 degrees cooler, which was a nice break from the heat wave hitting the Adirondacks. The views were amazing at the top and endless. I’m not sure how anyone can give this hike a 4. I wish I had my old AZ legs and would have taken the 1.7 mile trek over to Rocky Ridge to knock out two 46ers in a day. It’s clearly marked near the top of Giant. I was told the views were 360 and amazing. The trail was well marked. You follow the red tags until you see there is .7 left, then they turn to blue round markers to the top. You’ll see a sign that says Giant Ridge and those have the red markets and another sign that says just Giant and that’s the only time I had to really think if I made the right choice. There’s another sign to Privy and I have no idea where that goes. I highly recommend if your in the Adirondacks and you workout on a fairly consistent basis. The time frames I’ve read are fairly accurate. I was about 4 up and 2.5 hours down.
Elsie P. Hunt
Elsie P. Hunt
for those in good shape looking for a quick hike, you can summit in under 1 hour 30 mins relatively easily and down in under an hour. 1 hour 24 mins to the summit for me in high heat and humidity, included stops to admire epic views.



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