Giant Mountain, New York - Hiking

Giant Mountain, New York - Hiking


New York, United States




Overview

Difficulty

Very hard

Distance

5 KM

Elevation gain

1,410 meters

Dog allowed


What are the activities on site?

Hiking


See photos of the Giant Mountain, New York


Why choose this trail?

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.




What are the services on site?

Parking

What are the best trails at Giant Mountain, New York ?

  • Trails
    Distance
    Elevation
    Difficulty
  • test
    0 km
    0 m
    Beginner
  • Rocky
    18 km
    400 m
    Intermediate
  • Sommet
    12 km
    600 m
    Intermediate

Rate & open hour

Access fee Free
Schedule
No information
Coordinates
44.1612881 -73.7204719

What are the coordinates and address of Giant Mountain, New York?

Adirondack Mountain Club
518-523-3441
1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867

What are the comments and evaluations from the community?

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.
3 years ago
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.
2 years ago
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.
3 years ago
Angel Gibbs
Angel Gibbs
Completed early September. Was a tough hike with large slabs to traverse near the top. No views for us, but fun day on the mountain.
2 years ago




Let’s Answer Your Questions - FAQ

What is the level of difficulty of Giant Mountain, New York ?

Very hard

What is the elevation of Giant Mountain, New York?

1410.00 M

Are dogs allowed?

Yes

Is the place are families friendly?

No

Is it free?

Yes

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

No