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Hiked on November 3rd. Absolutely beautiful trail. A couple tricky mini scrambles, that would've been less tricky if they we're as wet and slippery. Views are amazing, as expected. A bit of snow closer to the top.

We took this trail October 12 the weather was cloudy and rainy but the views from rocky ridge unparalleled. I would consider this moderate at best not as difficult as others said.

I really enjoyed this hike, lot of ice (Nov 4th), should havé worn better shoes with spikes

My brother ( age 50) and I ( age 52) hiked this yesterday November 4th and a lot of it was covered in ice and mud and snow . It was my first time hiking Giant and my 3rd high peak and most challenging yet . We were warm enough but should have worn some kind of chains on the hiking shoes . We each fell on our butt once but just enough to hurt our egos and laugh at each other . Hike time a little less than 7 hours ( including about 1/2 at the summit ) the trail is not marked very well and we took a few unplanned detours . I would do this hike again in the warmer months .

hiking
8 days ago

Superbe marche avec enfants et chien en laisse. Chien doit être social car beaucoup d’enfants et de chiens. Signalisation difficile ou absente mais vaut le prix d’entrée du parc Sepaq. Enfant et chien gratuit. Vue incroyable vous attend.

It rained so it was muddy but not an issue with good hiking boots. Easy-moderate trail without too many technical sections.

Great hike on a gorgeous day after leaves have almost entirely fallen. We went up on the new trail & down on the old one. Surprised that the snow increased from a dusting at the trailhead to as much as 3" midway up, but it was sunny & calm. Made for great photos at the snow-frosted summit overlooking the brown trees & blue lakes in the surrounding plains. The fire tower had 2" wind-blown frost crystals on the edges, but was not slippery. Does anyone have a reference for the old ski trails?

hiking
14 days ago

A rewarding steady-steepness hike to a wonderful view. I went 4 stars instead of 5 as the summit is shared with the gondola station for the ski area, so it lacks a bit of the pure pristine wilderness feel that I prefer. The wind at the summit seems to be ever-present, so bring layers and be attentive to the hourly weather forecast, as conditions at the top can be quite different from those at the trailhead or in the forest that covers most of the trail.

Fantastic trail!!! Run counter clock!

Did this one today, later in the afternoon, so I finished in the dark. I like a hike that lets you warm up your legs before you hit the steep pitches. This hike is ideal for that. Today, even at lower elevations, there is snow and ice, so micro-spikes are essential, especially going up that final pitch to the summit. The views are totally worth it, although the lower set of stairs have been removed, so access to the tower is nil. Again a great hike, but micro-spikes are a must.

Correct; nice fall walk on the trails; signage is not pertinent, but it if you want an easy hike with kids it is worthwhile.

hiking
22 days ago

Well marked, great views, peaceful and little traveled. A little scrambly at the end but otherwise good footing. Definitely uphill, but nothing too steep. We made the same mistake many others did and thought we were at the top,but were just at a false summit. Trailhead is just a short way down an unmarked road just across from the Boy Scout camp at the end of lake eden

Great trail and amazing for kids too. I did this one twice already with my 8 & 3 years old and they loved it. My 3 years old keep asking to go back. At the end when he was getting tired of walking we were doing little games like « tag, the first to touch the sign or even races » this made it more fun and enjoyable for the kids on that way back. We will go back again

old trail a 5 maybe new one a 3 light snow on top

NOTE: This is Hard, NOT moderate, and this route to the peak is more like 8 miles, not 6 miles. Also, don't bring your dog, unless they're very adept at hiking with you. Once you get past mile 2, the rocky bits get increasingly harder to scale and the opportunities for a fall increase dramatically. We saw at least one poor dog too terrified to climb down while the owner yelled at him to jump, and none of the many dogs we saw coming down looked happy at all.

If you try a day hike like we did, you'll want to be back to within one mile of the trailhead by dark. It was ok with headlamps, but you definitely don't want to be scrounging around near any of the false peaks after dark. Also highly recommend at least one pole for the climb down or you'll have some sore knees pretty quickly.

Challenging, gorgeous and populated with legit and polite hikers. Don't underestimate this hike, especially in the fall with wet leaves, mud and high winds when you reach the various false peaks.

hiking
29 days ago

Excellent hike this time of year to see the colours. The trail was a bit muddy in a few spots but nothing serious. Counterclockwise loop is best if you prefer to hike UP the steep parts rather than DOWN. I recommend you get there very early because when I finished around 1100, the parking lot was full with cars waiting.

Great hike with my wife and brother in law. Great view from top. On a clear day you can see Montreal. Near the top you have the option of crossing the ski trail and continuing a short rock scramble or just walk up the ski trail while enjoying the beautiful view.

Hiked Giant Mtn via the Ridge Trail on 10/12/2018. The views on the way up were beautiful! It was a little past peak for leaves but it was still stunning. Once we got to the peak we were in the middle of a cloud and it was snowing so we had 0 view. But given better weather I feel it would have been perfect. It took a little under 3 hours to summit with 3 first time hikers in decent shape with a few stops and 2 hours to descent. Definitely a good hike! Very steep towards the top and a lot of bare rocks to scale but overall a well maintained trail and moderate difficulty. A fun hike!

Nice short hike with great views!

Our scout Troop 60 from Victor, NY hiked with Billy & Judy (and Milo) along a muddy and difficult McKenzie trail. Wish the weather had cooperated so we could have enjoyed the view, but had a great hike regardless. Boys did Baker Saturday and McKenzie and Haystack thru herd trail on Sunday. Looking forward to completing the other three and getting a patch.

I love this kind of hiking. It took us 1 hour to get tho the turn off for McKenzie. It took us 2 hours to summit from there. You definitely have to pay attention to your footing and it is an uphill workout. The last hour is rock scrambling and climbing. I would absolutely do this hike again to see the views at the top as this was a cloudy day. It took 2 hours to get back to the split. From there we turned R and went to the Haystack herd trail which was .4 miles up on the L. Haystack was a quick easy hike after McKenzie and we were back to our car in 7 hours total time with 2 of the sixers completed. The trail was very wet after a night of rain. I really believe we could have done it faster in better conditions. It is definitely challenging but not as dangerous as other reviews would lead you to believe. I was nervous because of the reviews and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this hike even with no views and our dog summited too.

The trail is only for advanced hikers because of the steepness and lack of maintenance of this trail. You will need sticks and prepare to be on all fours occasionally. Hugging trees and grabbing roots is necessary on the steep spots. We hiked after a rain and the trail was also slippery. The view at the top is worth the effort for a view of fall colors. There is much erosion of the trail and a very few places have only a very narrow remaining trail. Hug the mountain or a tree in that situation.

Really enjoyed this hike trail was peaceful and in very good condition. Great fall foliage and weather were a bonus.

Wife and I knocked this one out today. Both active hikers/bikers. Actual mileage is 6.5+. To be fair, we did the hike the morning after the region got 1+ inches of rain. Low clouds all day so we never got more than a fleeting look at he the high peaks off in the distance when we near or at the top. Truth is, this hike beat me up a bit. Not sure if it was the constant moisture or slick conditions, but by the time we hit the summit and were on the way back down (5.5hr total trip) the grind was on. Down was much more treacherous than I would have expected, as every slick stone and exposed root slide required focus to not slip and bust my arse. Will do again on a clear day and see if it rates easier. Under these conditions - easier up than down. A good challenge for sure.

Steady incline, but no big rocks or boulders to go over. We went after 2 days of rain so the rocks and roots were slippery especially with all the leaves on the ground. Great hike for our dog.

Good walk for the area. Anticlockwise loop best as signed - that way you do the hardest part first

Beautiful hike, lots of rock scrambling and mud making going down a bit tricky, but the views were endless and vast. Fall colors were starting to pop up on the high peaks across the way! 9/29/18. We got to the trail head around 8 am and there were still some parking spots left. Lots of people on the trail but the traffic flowed pretty well that you still had the trail to yourself most of the hike. Began at 8 and we’re back by 2:30. Took a bit longer because we stopped a few times up and down, definitely doable in <6 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is now well marked . It states in the GMC guide to Vermont that : “although the elevation is not one of the highest it is among the most challenging in VT.”
I agree . I loved the view (but I also love that whole Eden area.)
The other reason I gave it a 5 is the variety of terrain and this trail is not well traveled by people so if you want to escape people this is the trail . Saw two partridge , at the summit many signs of moose . There is a false summit that gives a great view too. I took my time, with pictures , breaks etc . For me It was 4 hours round trip , or 14.300 steps on my fit bit . Poles very helpful on this trail , hairpin turns and rocky the last 1/2 mile .

It was a great hike. We had a 2 and 3 year old and they loved it. It’s was there first hike.

As an out of shape office worker with -10 of upper body strength, I would rate this as hard, but not impossible. I had 2 moments of wanting to turn back and actually started a decent at one point, but knowing I was half way there I pushed on. I was very scared of slipping on the way up, but the way down made me laugh at myself. It helped to have encouragement of other hikers and my boyfriend. We don't use poles so a hand here or there is nice. 1L of water was fine for each of us. Took 9 hours with at least 2-3 hours of rethinking the climb, talking to hikers, and lunch at the top. Beautiful day, just wet from overnight rain. View was minimal due to clouds.

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