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. this hike is 11.3 mi, according to my ADK trail map, and after hiking it today, can say it was true. And you get to do the Giant ridge trail going downhill so you can enjoy all of the views without turning around. Winter Wonderland !!! 9 from it's intesection with Route 73. I snapped a couple photos and quickly turned back to head towards Rocky Peak Ridge, hoping for it’s wonderful views. The descent off the eastern face of Giant Mountain was steep and icy, but beautiful even in the clouds. 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 Printable Map Here is some of what you need to know: This trail head is across from chapel pond; … I was also nervous about my pup after talking to a few folks on the trail. Rocky Peak Ridge in winter. The hiking never ends! This trail is no joke- it took our group from 9am to 7pm to hike. I went to roaring broke falls in keene by route 73. hike up the falls saw a sign that said giant mountain 3miles and my friend and I decided that the next day off we had we should hike up giant, after all its only 3miles how hard could it be. I made the descent in 1 hour and 40 minutes, in perfect time to head into Keene Valley for another breakfast. fast forward to 9/11/20 we set out to do Rocky Peak and boy I don't know what it is but it was brutal the trail going down was steep and yes Rocky the weekend before we hiked wright, Algonquin and Iroquois all in one day and for some reason Rocky seems harder. 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. NE Slide, East Face, Dipper, Finger & Eagle 6/4/11. Tough trail. didn't give it a thought, because at the time we didn't know that we were actually hiking one of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. But it’s hard and will take you longer, especially if you’re not in shape for hiking (rock scrambles, etc.). It was a perfect day. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Nice views at each outlook along the way. I-87 (Northway) to Exit 30, west on 73 to parking areas. It was a great winter hike, and I was jealously happy for those who were hiking the following day, when winter was dropping another foot of snow. The views are incredible - and the hike itself is worth it. 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. Rocky Peak Ridge. Great hike! You can reach Rte. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Only rain here. The hike up to Giant has lots of switchbacks which help with the steep incline a bit. North Trail to Giant (class IV) - (15.3 miles) East Trail to Giant (class IV) - (7.9 miles) via Rocky Peak Ridge; Ridge Trail to Giant (class V) - (6.2 total miles) includes the "Over" bypass on the Ridge Trail, the Ridge Trail and the Roaring Brook trail to Giant. 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.). Another small peak on the way out. My Fitbit which clocked me in at 15 miles. Coming off Giant and on to RPRidge was beautiful, peaceful, solitude that I will remember forever. My Pup is clearly part Mt. This is just a couple miles north up the Bouquet River on Rte. The Ridge Trail to Giant Summit: 3 miles (3050' ascent)3 hours Round trip traverse to Rocky Peak Ridge: 2.6 miles (1400' ascent) 2 hours Total trip: 8.6 miles (4650' ascent) 8 hours. Snowshoes are required and will suffice on the lower reaches of the trail, but snow spikes are highly recommended on the steep, mostly exposed ridge and on the upper reaches of the mountain. The trail is easy to lose towards the top. From this point on you will be scrambling up a trail of open ledges and amazing viewpoints. The views along the East Trail probably make it one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks. I did Giant. Look for it on the left side of the road and drop a car off here. It was a bit chilly (~35-40°F), but with gloves, hat and layers, it felt great! After a few false summits you reach Giants 4,626' open rock summit with incredible views. Ascending the Ridge (Zander Scott) Trail and climbing the expansive East Face sets the stage for a day with breathtaking views on approach and a challenging slide climb as the main event. Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. The last mountain with a name you will skirt on the way down the East Trail. Absolutely gorgeous, but as other reviewers have stated, this entire trail rarely lets up. 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. Myself along with a group of 6, in total will be there 01/02. 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. A cool alpine pond as you start to descend down Rocky Peak Ridge. Giant Mountain is the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks; Giant can also be approached by first climbing Rocky Peak Ridge Camping. You will soon have a really beautiful descent down the long ridge over several smaller peaks with open views on ledges the entire way. Meanwhile, the temperature had risen comfortably into the mid 20’s F and the sun was fighting through the cloud-cover. The snowy summit of Giant Mountain at 8:15 AM was completely clouded in, but the wind was low making it beautifully quiet. After another half hour, I finally caught a glimpse of the Great Range jutting from the undercast…and then it was gone just as quickly as it had come. Bring headlamps just in case. Just be prepared, take you’re time and allot for it, and you’ve got it! Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail is a 14.8 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near New Russia, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. For more information on the trail contact the NYS DEC or visit their website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9163.html. They sit separated from the mass of the Adirondack High Peaks by Route 73. Your email address will not be published. Giant and Rocky Peak via the Ridge Trail. The GPS coordinates are 44.161165 (latitude), -73.720279 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 4,626 feet (1,410 meters) above sea level. Yes. Bring lots of water, be prepared to be hiking an exposed ridge a ways, and enjoy the gorgeous views. I waited in hopes of the clouds lifting, but gave up after an hour. so on June 9th 2020, we set out to hike giant and boy were we in for a suprise. Gothics East Face (Rainbow Slide) 2013 on ADK Almanac 3/15/12, 2/23/13, 6/15/13 Microspikes probably would've helped. You’re not done after RPR, not as easy as it looks on paper. Giant Mountain offers a diversity of ascent options, but I’ll admit to playing favorites. Giant Mountain in winter. Snowshoes are required and will suffice on the lower reaches of the trail, but snow spikes are highly recommended on the steep, mostly exposed ridge and on the upper reaches of the mountain. I was hoping that a later start would allow me to avoid a lot of hikers . As the snow got softer, it no longer stuck to our snowshoes. Giant and Rocky Ridge stand as the 12th and 20th highest peaks in the Adirondacks. Bear Den Trail to Dial Mountain and Nippletop, Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge, Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop, Sawteeth Mountain to Pyramid Peak to Armstrong Mountain, HG Leach Trail to Colvin Trail to Lake Road Loop, Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail. The snowy summit of Giant Mountain at 8:15 AM was completely clouded in, but the wind was low making it beautifully quiet. There is no fee to park there. It’s true I almost blew off the summit like Toto, but still!! we did spend over an hour at the summit and we stopped alot along the way, but hiking up the trail was even worst. 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 Continue on from here to the top of Giant Mountain straight ahead. Beautiful. Fabulous hike! 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. A spectacular trail from New Russia involves eight waterless miles and … I have been looking forward to this hike and it was well worth it! Rock scrambles that were suppose to be non negotiable. Great views at both summits. There is a nice open rock ridgeline going up Giant, allowing views back down the trail, towards Round, Noonmark and Bear Den mountains. Gothics: A Tale of 3 Faces: East, South & North in a Day 6/15/2013. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. 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. The Great Range, MacIntrye Range, Colden, and Allen, all visible from Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. we got the list and realized oh snap Rocky Peak is on the list. It had been warmer over the weekend than my 19° start, so I was able to “bare boot” it until just shy of the summit. if you can set up the car shuttle by Elizabethtown, I recommend taking the trail down over the top of Rocky Peak. 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. Be prepared for a quick assent— elevation kicks up pretty fast. We made it to the summit of giant it was windy and cold the view was amazing but the weather didn't allow us to enjoy it. Giant also has several different ways to approach the summit, but this path would be the most popular, mostly because of the length and the access to see the Giant Washbowl and Nubble. And, as I figured, Ashley (who turned 9 on May 13), was the best hiker in the group. The Adirondacks got their answer: December 27. There is a lean-to at the 5.7-mile mark on the North Trail to Giant. Many of us in the northeast have been wondering when winter would arrive. Your email address will not be published. Also, hiking 15 miles isn’t typically the same as walking 15 miles (I say typically bc experienced hikers can rock that easily). There is another peak nearby named Mason Mountain. The views are some of the nicest I’ve yet seen. The back half of the trek down from Rocky Peak Ridge is much more challenging than the elevation map indicates, the "short" ups and downs over the lower peaks are quite steep but the views continue, looking out across Lake Champlain into VT. Required fields are marked *, ©2020 Sean Carpenter – Photographs and Work. 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. so I got all excited call up my friend to share the news then we decided that since we made it to the summit of giant why not aspire to hike all 46 high peaks. The start of Rocky Peak was tough. This took me exactly 7 hours but I wasn’t exactly taking my time! It wasn’t until about a quarter mile from the summit that I donned my Hillsounds Trail Crampons which I would wear for almost the rest of the hike. Mud made rock slabs slippery so it was slow going down to RPR and back up. Snowshoeing Giant Mountain in winter is a serious endeavor that should only be attempted after tackling a few of the area's smaller mountains. We push through came up on the Rocky Ridge sign read it and kept on hiking to giant. My caution is only to be prepared for it. Highly recommend going over to Rocky Ridge Peak, it has an even better view than Giant. The descent off the eastern face of Giant Mountain was steep and icy, but beautiful even in the clouds. We tried to find additional information about this and learned about a terribly sad story. Snowshoes are required and will suffice on the generally well-packed trail, but snow spikes are highly recommended for the steep upper reaches of the mountain. You'll soon find yourself at the beautiful Giant Washbowl Pond. After a few summit photos we found a nice spot to sit down and enjoy a nice break before the next challenge of the day. This separation by the deep valley makes 4,627' Giant Mountain one of the most prominent peaks in New York. - From Giant over to Rocky Peak Ridge you take the East Trail which drops quickly to the col before moderately making it's way up to the Summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. You are standing yards away from the massive slides on the mountains westerly face that make it so distinctive from the road below. We took our time as that was what the group needed - this trail isn’t for beginners. 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. On the way to RPR you take a short but steep hike down into and back up out of the col and come out to another beautiful summit at 4,383 feet. Across the valley, Rocky Peak Ridge’s twin slides (sand and rubble) looked nearly vertical, an illusion of perspective. this hike is not for the faint of heart and needs mental toughness. This WILL take you time. Stop and Rocky Peak Ridge stands as the high point on the ridge extending east from Giant. Rocky Peak Ridge from the Giant/RPR split. - The hike between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge is known for being one of the steepest and most tiring hikes between 4,000 foot peaks in the Adirondacks. Can beginners do it? We reached the icy step on the way down Giant and it was still mostly covered in snow. The section between Giant and RPR is definitely steep as well. Loved this hike! It is from tis point on that the hike is fairly incredible - the ridge hike allows you to summit three additional smaller mountains (Bald, Blueberry and Mason) while enjoying incredible views along the way and a walk through a picturesque lower forest. The descent is steep off Giant towards RPR, but in the winter I think it's an easier walk than in the summer. Very scenic overall, but sketchy/treacherous descending some areas. The New Russia Traverse is a gorgeous 11.2 mile traverse in the Eastern High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks. You are on top of one big mountain. The sky was clear, and the frosted trees at the top were beautiful! It also made for a scenic ascent, and my tracks were the first on the new snow. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. But beautiful views... Head up the Ridge Trail. Very busy tho. Otherwise, it was empty. Took us almost 12 hours. Rocky Peak Ridge Bushwhack with Giant Gothics & Pyramid. You should really make sure you have enough supplies to last you overnight in case of an emergency and it’s a necessity to bring water purification for the lake after rocky peak ridge as you’ll be needing water at that point. also don't forget your flashlights you might need that too. Just another mile or two and you'll be out to the Rte 9 and the vehicle. the higher we got the steeper the trail got some spots we were like omg! Unmarked Trails . Icy at first. At 0.5 miles the trail will level out a bit, climbing again soon to 0.7 miles, at which point you will reach a viewpoint overlooking Chapel Pond. Often climbed in conjunction with Giant Mt., aka Giant of the Valley, Rocky Peak Ridge is sometimes referred to as Giant's Wife. We took a nice dip in Chapel Pond afterwards, very refreshing :). - Views from Rocky Peak Ridge were phenomenal and I can't wait to go back there and keep hiking past the summit on the East Trail over the open ridge. My sister and I hiked Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge from the Roaring Brook trail on Rte 73 to Rt 9 in New Russia. Rocky from my perspective: The route begins at Rt. A few gentlemen were ahead of us on Rocky, which revealed the beginnings of a broken-out path. Goat! 73 off exit 30 off I-87. Day ended beautifully. We made quick work of the ascent to RPR and before I knew it… At 1:05 p.m., I achieved my 28th winter high peak with Rocky Peak Ridge!! An outstanding hike. The only really difficult part is the ascent from RPR to Giant. If you are not physically active I would not recommend this hike, bring plenty of water, you will need it. You'll have superb scenery to motivate you, however, and while Giant Mountain offers great views, the Rocky Peak Ridge might steal the show. Great hike! Instagram- @jonathanzphotography_ Song- Joakim Karud - Love Mode The Chapel Pond Trailhead is across from Chapel Pond several miles north on 73 from the intersection of 73 and Route 9. the view was so worth it though and I can't wait to do my next high peak. Towards the top, I passed a junction sign for Rocky Ridge Peak, saying the peak of Giant was 0.3 miles away. RPR looked like it might has some visibility Looking back at Giant from RPR Winter has arrived! There was a young couple sitting atop the peak that morning. Rocky Peak is a wonderful peak. You will see (and pass by) the trail intersection for Rocky Peak Ridge - dont worry, you'll head that way on the way down. One of the best ascents in all the High Peaks in my opinion. Just prepare appropriately with enough food and water. I actually almost bailed however knowing my car was in New Russia pushed me forward. So too was the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge, which was completely engulfed in white. Some peakbaggers will approach this hike from another trail to the east to bag Rocky Peak Ridge, #20 on the Adirondack High Peak list. This descent is really what makes the effort to carpool two cars worth it. 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. The snow got progressively deeper on the steady climb but the water hadn’t yet frozen underneath. Would give this hike 6 stars if allowed. The summits likewise afforded views of the Dix and Colvin Ranges, Whiteface, and the Green Mountains of Vermont (from RPR). Rocky Peak had some wind by the time we got there, but it was warm enough that it didn't have the chill of a winter … Making my way back to Giant Mountain, I arrived just after noon to the same view I had four hours earlier. I continued on towards Mary Louise Pond, where I stopped for some breakfast. Eagle Slide: 2rd Feather with RPR, Rocky Peak, Bald Peak & Back Again 10/6/08. we set out on that trail at 6am didn't made it to my car until around 815pm. However hiking up Giant was nonstop traffic. There are many rock scrambles with places to grip hands and feet. For those hiking in groups with a range of abilities, the trip is a good bet … Extraordinary! Fuji 60mm/Nikon 55mm/Pentax 50mm Macro Shootout. 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. Hard, but views are worth it. how are we going to get past that. Bring plenty of water if you’re going out on a hot day. Parking here is free. One of the hardest hikes I've done, absolutely beautiful vistas. After missing the vista from Rocky Peak Ridge, I was determined to wait on Giant for its fabulous views. The last time I climbed Giant Mountain I went up the Roaring Brook trail a couple miles up the road off from route 73. 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. After enjoying the summit you will head back down to the junction and head towards Rocky Peak Ridge (RPR). So this is what winter looks like. Once at the summit we were amazed at the great views even though most of the peaks appeared hazy. Great views at both, took my dogs on the trail. These are around 2,300 feet in height and the last ones you will cross over on the way out. This hike can be done as a hike through, shuttled car ridge hike up Giant and then descending east down Rocky Peak Ridge to enjoy two more Adirondack High Peaks. 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