Giant Mountain via Ridge Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, NY that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible from June until March.
A moderate hike over varied terrain including open rock areas and several false peaks before you reach the summit. There are two trails - one slightly longer but less steep and one that is shorter but steeper. The views from the summit into the High Peaks region are excellent. You can also access Rocky Peak Ridge as part of your day hike - the mileage for this additional hike is not included in this total.
Was a bit harder than I thought. Took 4 hours to climb, 1h 45min was moving time at 3km/h pace...Definitely want to take your time enjoying the views. We were lucky enough to hit a day without any clouds. Trail was dry, would imagine this wouldn't be a nice one when wet. I think the Cascade and Porter hike was easier. Lots of open faced sections to traverse.
I would say this trail was a bit harder than I expected. It's pretty steep most of the way with few straightaways. With that being said, there were plenty of points along the way with very nice views. This reminded me of the big slide trail a bit where you were walking on open rocky ledges for a while. Overall a fairly difficult hike for not taking too long (4 hours up and back with a stop up top). About 3/4 of a mile in is a nice little pond in the valley after a steep climb to start. I'd do this on a nice day as you wouldn't want to waste the views on the way up.
Fairly steep hike but very pretty. Views at many points along the way. I actually didn't think the summit view was as good as the lower views from the various faces.
this is the same thing as crane Mountain
Well maintained, very steep and very busy as we did it saturday. A 4.5 hr affair at a good pace with time for lunch and pics. Many great views along the way.
don't need to be an experienced hiker. many great rock faces to catch views from however the summit was anti-climactic. fantastic beginner hike that only took 3 hours round trip
Amazing views of Gothics and valley below a little buggy near the top but not bad very steep climb near summit and we encountered our first black bear cub!! It was calling for its mama bear we couldn't see her so we headed back to the creek and hung out for a while until she came for the cub. My advice be alert be aware and stay away it was about 15ft from the trail.. could have been a dangerous situation,, awesome hike!
Hiked this yesterday, steep but beautiful views!
You sign in at the trail head and you start up. It's 3 miles to the top with some flats that seem to come at the perfect time. Lots of flat rock to walk on with few holders then other trails (a benefit in my opinion). It was dry so the steep flat rocks can be interesting when wet. I love the challenge but the payoff outside the peaks fro the Loj region is an -A rather then A. I actually think the south east views are the best with lots views from that direction on the way up and down. A few spots can use updated trail markers and the flat rock sections need the paint to be freshened up. A very good option if you have 6 hours
which includes rest and lunch at the top.
This was a moderate hike in some parts. There are rock scrambles and some steep sections. The trail had some slippery rocks in some sections. The views on top of Giant are very nice. I combined this hike with Rocky Peak Ridge and going down the backside of Giant is very steep
descent in some places. The trail for RPR was wet and muddy in places, plus the rock was wet also, so watch your footing. After hiking down Giant you start your ascent up to the bald summit of RPR which offers terrific views in all directions.
It's a rough trail for my old joints, but it has its share of rewards. Lots of Rocky stretches take their toll on you, but they are interspersed with numerous ledges granting expansive views over the valley. Very few flat bits to offer respite. The summit gives a great overlook southwest over the Great Range, Marcy and beyond. Continue 100 yards or so beyond the summit to get a sense of what it was like 100 years ago before the fire opened up the views. An enchanted, fern filled forest! Description says no dogs... Everyone had their dog! Budget 3 hours each way.
All Trails says 5.2 and the trailhead sign said 3 miles each way and we recorded 7 miles. 3.5 hours up and just under 2 coming down. A definite workout. Bring lots of water. There were a few rock scrambles and about 8 different open rock faces to climb. There are views for most of the second half of the hike and a breathtaking summit.
Beautiful view, but not a 360 degree summit
And so begins the 46. We couldn't have asked for a better day for a spring hike, especially it being the first one of the year. It always interesting seeing how the body will react to a stress it has not felt in a while. I've always loved how hiking always differs from other physically sententious actives. Hiking uses muscles in the legs, ankles and feet that have been dormant, even when staying extremely active in the winter. The focus on the stabilization of the feet and more dynamic use of the calf and thigh muscles always gets the blood pumping.. Beyond the obvious workout, it was interesting to finally be outside again and as I like to call it, "breath in the new".
The new air, new sights, and new life are always good to be among. The trail proved to be muddy most of the way but was easily manageable. The accent of Giant allowed for some great opportunities to stop and rest while taking in some fantastic views. It pops up every time I go out but every hike is a learning experience as we encountered some ice close to the summit, 0.5 miles, which was a great time to use crampons...if we had brought some.. Upon reaching the summit the wind was swirling so the temperature was drastically different from the majority of the hike, but it was a magnificent view of the other high peaks. I wished I could have obtained my GPS watch prior to this adventure to display speeds and time but maybe next time. Overall, Giant Mountain proved to be a great start to the season and a great start to the Adirondack 46.