Explore the most popular birding trails in Giant Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

Not a bad hike until a bit over half way. Trail markers need to be redone. A lot we’re missing.

This should be graded hard not moderate.

Was very happy with this hike. This took me about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get to the top and about 2 hours and 30 minutes to get back to the parking lot. This trail was marked very well going up the path but I found no red foot trail markers on the way down. The water source is towards the bottom of the trail so make sure to stock up at that the first decent water source you see before making your way up giant mountain.

On the trail, you will see a lot of outshoot trails to “view spots”. Many people miss the views because the climb up the mountain becomes steep fast.

Make sure to bring a snacks for the top so you can refuel for the down climb. I wish I would have brought trecking poles for this hike because my knees definitely are feeling it after that down climb.

Took me 6.5 hours.. no good views til you get towards the top. The view from the top was pretty amazing, although you could only see off one side of the mountain because of dense spruces you can’t even walk through.

decided to do my first hike ever on Giant mountain. What a mistake that was. I made it to the summit in 4 hours and it took me 3 hours to get down. By the time I got to my car I could barely walk. The next day I was completely out of commission.

Harder than I anticipated, but loved it! A lot of rocks, I feel like it is unlike any other trail.

We hiked this with three kids under the age of 6 last week. We only made it to the washbowl, which was about as far as we anticipated. It was a difficult hike for the kids but they did well and enjoyed the views. We hiked early (8am) and didn't run in to anyone until we were about half way down.

Hiked this with a group of friends and my Pitbull Jake. The black flies were out but we didn’t let them stop us. It was also very humid which made it challenging for me as I struggle in heat and humidity. Despite this I loved this hike! The wild Orchids and Violets on the trail to Blueberry Cobbles were beautiful and distracted from the 1437 vertical ascent. The views from Mason and the ridges leading to Bald are gorgeous. I found the trail easy to follow. With all of the ups and downs you will complete a vertical ascent close to 2600 ft. There are a few High Peaks that have less than a 2600 vertical ascent. My dog loved the hike too. Was glad I carried extra water for him and me. Enjoy!

Not many views until you get above 3000 ft. Trail was wet in spots, but no real muddy spots. Very rewarding views at the top.

Perfect day, cold and crisp, beautiful views!

It was a very challenging trail, it took 4 hours to get up in 3 hours to get down. Snow shoes are a must with the snowy and icy conditions. Over all it was a great hike and I would definitely do it again.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked Gilligan for the second time this year. Last time I did it in the rain and got no view. This time I did it on a chilly day with all the leaves on the ground. Really impressed with the view. Really fun little mountain!

Challenging but great.

Steep in spots but beautiful views from several different spots. My very athletic little 6 year old loved this hike.

hiking
8 months ago

This was an unplanned hike, due to the trail we were going to hike being closed for hunting. This hike did not disappoint. The trail was nicely marked, and was in fact quite easy. There are a few places to take in some views as well. It was a short hike, and perfect for an impromptu trip!

8 months ago

Would definitely not recommend as a first hike.

Interestingly, I used this trailhead by accident...I was actually aiming for the primary trailhead and the ridge trail. About 2/3 of the way up, I'm asking my wife and daughter "Where are the views that were supposed to be all along this route?" But, even so, we weren't disappointed. And yes, the last .7 mi is a killer. But well worth the views at the top!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with some amazing views!!!

wonderful hike. beautiful view!

A nice hike, beautiful views. VERY busy, and while descending were pushed by Canadians. While hiking with our child, we don't go as fast as others, and the Canadians have NO trail etiquette at all. The trail itself is lovely, and we had a good time. Would have LOVED to take more photos, but we were in some very thick foggy clouds. So dense, we more often than not had no views at all, but it was still incredible!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice short hike! Well maintained trail with a number of ledges offering views. Great for kids or first timers!

Awesome fall foliage views

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing! Husband, our dog and I hiked with full gear from New Russia and spent the night at the campsite just east of Mary Louise Lake. Anyone hiking in to camp should know that the yellow sign about 400 feet prior to the Lake stating Privy will lead you to where the primitive campsite is. There are about four sites.

Best hike yet. Amazing views the whole way.

hiking
10 months ago

Started from the trailhead parking off hwy 9, went up to Blueberry Cobbles, snapped photos from various outlooks (great views!), then Mason mountain - again, great opportunities to see the path ahead and the peaks. Got to the summit and wandered around taking pictures. Last climb might be challenging for newbies but, generally, this is a fairly short and not so difficult hike with a plenty of spots to admire the views.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Adirondacks.

hiking
10 months ago

was tough and long but the many summits and views are worth it! lots of trail markers so the path was easy to stay on!

Spectacular climb to the summit of Giant Mountain. Its a steep and long climb but breathtaking at the conclusion.

This trail goes nowhere. I went in both directions at the fork. To the left (south) it deadend, the trail just disappears. To the right (WNW) it continues toward Dix etc... but there is no spur to take you up the peaks. This only exists if you are going to bushwhack the entire way, which is not a trail.

Good trail. Pretty rocky terrain, but nothing too steep. Great views near and at the top.

I took the Roaring Brook Falls trail towards Giants Nubble so I could fit the fall into the hike more easily. The falls are definitely better viewed from the road but standing at the top was neat. I thought this hike was a little strenuous, but I think it is my favorite Adirondack view so far. Amazing.

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