Explore the most popular Lake 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.

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snow
14 days ago

Clear day with amazing views!

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snow
30 days ago

Rocky peak will almost always require full crampon in the deep winter months. Steep, slippery climbs up Giant then a large dip into the col and another steepish climb to the summit of RPR. Lots of ups and down can be tough on the legs. Sunrise summit highly recommended.

GIANT Mountain: on a beautiful sunny winter day with no wind, few people, 30 degrees..steep climb right away..no time to warm up!!.this is my favorite MOUNTAIN so far..great views at every turn..make sure you keep turning around to look..best part sliding down at least 1/3, if not more..was a glorious day.

This ADK High Peak was my first one and what a way to do it but as a loop. Hike up the Roaring Brook Trail to the peak which had an amazing view of the rest of the high peaks. We then hike down to Ridge Trail to Giant Washbowl. I fish in the Giant Washbowl for a little bit with no luck. Then hike out thru the Washbowl Trail back to Roaring Brook Trail and out.

Started in New Russia traversed the East Trail then down the Ridge Trail to Chapel Pond. Very unique hike as both trails have many open rock plateaus with great views that impressed me more than the actual summit views. The summits are farther from any other big peaks therefore lack the spectacular big mountain views of the great range. Lower elevation views are stunning in peak fall foliage. Hauled ass while in the trees to be able to take many 5 minute breaks on the open rock plateaus to enjoy the views.

East Trail was an easier hike with more roots, dirt and a few minor scrambles to the rock plateaus. Only steep section was before Lake Mary Louise, it felt as relentless and rocky as the climb up to Giant from RPR. The decent from Giant felt never ending and was a tough end to the day. Despite the short mileage this hike makes you work, always gaining or losing altitude with few flatter sections. You actually summit 4 peaks.

If you like to get the hard work out of the way early I suggest starting at Chapel Pond and ending in New Russia. East Trail is more gradual. Total time was just under 8 hours with about an hours worth of breaks. Great hike to push hard at times and then stop and slow down to just be in the moment, taking in the many views.

Very rewarding hike all the way up and to the summit of Giant. The clouds were moving in and out as the sun was beginning to come out and it was a unique experience. Felt like we were above the clouds. The drop down to the col of rocky peak was very steep and unforgiving, and was also wet but well worth it when you get to the summit of Rocky Peak which was probably even better of a view than Giant.

Very difficult even for hikers with a lot of experience, a lot of ups and downs , very rocky and hard trial . I will not recommend for people with dogs.
All this is so worth it because of the great views all the way on the top on Bald and RPR , wow , just wow

Beautiful trials, unfortunately we went on an overcast day so we didn’t get any views until our descent. The upside to that was we basically had the trail to ourselves. This hike was challenging with a lot of open rock climbing and a couple of false summits. The most challenging part was the trail to RPR, I found it to be very steep and slippery. All in all it was a great day in the mountains!

Started out at 6a and enjoyed the early morning light and weather. The first part up to Bald Peak is challenging with some steeper stretches. The second part up to Rocky Peak was steeper and more difficult. Lots of blueberries along the path. No water source to use a filter bottle with.

Great views along the ridge with many false peaks

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7 months ago

Great hike! Outstanding views up to Giant, at the peak and at Rocky Peak. Probably the most difficult portion is the initial descent to Rocky Peak (.3mi?) and then back up towards Giant. We left the trailhead at 5:45 am; views on the way up were great but the summit of Giant was overcast. Views from RP were great and you can see Lake Champlain and beyond. The ceiling was clear on the way back so we hit Giant's summit again for outstanding views. It is a very short walk back to Giant from the trail to RP so worth a 2nd look, 8 hours total with a total of 30 minutes on Giant and 20+ on RP

Tough, strenuous hike. Be sure to take into account that you will be climbing Bald Peak (~3100 feet) en route to Rocky Peak. After ascending the southeast side of Bald, you descend into a small valley, then the real fun begins as you begin the ascent of Rocky Peak and the Ridge. Total time for myself and my dog to make the 13.4 mile round trip was 9.5 hours. A few water sources on the trail to purify. Much of the trail is on open rock, so bringing sunscreen and a hat would be a good move. Overall, a gorgeous hike well worth the struggle to the top.

The best hike in all of the Adirondacks in my humble opinion. Over half of the trail is on open rock and there are many rocky summits.

A very challenging but worth every step high peak hike. Spectacular views and amazing wildlife.

Having been out of shape and with this being only my fourth high peak, I had a tough time completing this hike. There were many smaller mountains that lead up to the summit that were challenging and many false summits as well. The mud was not much of an issue. Even though this hike was difficult, there were many beautiful views along the trail and the summit was worth it. There were also very high winds at the top. All in all, a very challenging hike but a good experience.

Nice Trail with lots of views. Lots of ups and downs.

Challenging but great.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

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.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Adirondacks.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

This was a nice traverse that paid off in nice views along the ridge. The trail wasn't muddy at all and we ended up hiking Giant also. I'll definitely do this hike again.

Friday, August 18, 2017

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.

Started this hike with the intent of hitting Giant and RPR out and back. Once at RPR we meet a great guy and his daughter that offered to take us back to the chapel pond trail head if we chose to head back to New Russia. we jumped at the opportunity knowing from some prior research that this route offered some stunning views. It did not disappoint. marie Louise pond was just one of the highlights(see photo). Hitting some of the minor peaks in succession got to be a bit grueling on the knees at some points being that we already had the ascent up to giant and then that gnarly decent to RPR already under our belts. It was a long day of hiking and we were glad to reach New Russia once we got there.[ FitBit recorded 44,697 steps for the day.] Hope to do this again someday but not anytime soon.

Started from new Russia hiked rpr and then giant came down ridge trail to chapel pond. Was absolutely beautiful the entire way but was very difficult. As the day went on each up and down got harder and harder. Coming down between rpr and giant seemed endless and then going back up was extremely wet and steep. Had to take it bit by bit in small sections.

RPR is one of my favorite peaks in the ADKs. I'd suggest doing this hike starting from Giant because the trail from Giant to RPR is tough in general and even tougher when you've already been hiking all day. There's parts where you have to pull yourself up by the roots of trees on the side of the trail if its wet (not sure if you can just steeply climb up when its dry, its been wet both times I've done this).

Overall great trail thats challenging and has a ton of nice views.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

I've only done Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge as an out-and-back on the ridge trail so can't speak about the trail after Rocky Peak on the Rte. 9 side. There's a lot of climbing involved just in that portion, about 4,600 ft according to my GPS. It allows you to gain elevation quickly though. Not long after the trailhead you break out of the trees and have breathtaking views. I went during the peak of fall colour on the foliage and it made it even more spectacular. Don't underestimate the portion that continues to Rocky Peak Ridge; it's a pretty big drop between the two peaks. I did the hike in 6 hours and jogged on the way down because I had to be back at a certain time. Definitely want to revisit and take more time to enjoy it.

All the reviews on underestimating this trail are accurate. Since I had already done Giant I decided to do Rocky Peak from New Russia and it didn't disappoint. It's seemingly a lot longer than what the markers indicate. The push to Bald peak is somewhat intense as it stands alone and is isolated, but once at the top is worth it. There is still another 2.5 miles to the summit of Rocky Peak but most of it is open and the views of the valley are great. I think this hike proved more difficult than most I've done because there were so many elevation changes and twists and turns along the way. This will take you most of the day to complete.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

I hiked this trail as an out-back from the New Russia Trailhead. I had completed Giant 2 weeks before from Roaring Brook Trailhead, with the intent on ascending RPR but was prevented due to time and weather. Therefore, I choose to ascend RPR along the ridgeline following Blueberry Cobble, Mason MT, and Bald Peak. As an autumn hike, this was by far the most amazing and beautiful trail I have climbed so far in my career. Although it is a ruthless uphill climb of 5000 ft ascent, it offers amazing views of St. Huberts Valley, Dix range to the south, and the Giant Wilderness and Hurricane Wilderness Areas to the North. At 2.2 miles from the trailhead you can take a 0.5 mile course around Blueberry Cobble before ascending 500 ft toward Bald Peak. Bald Peak is in itself an amazing hike with views comparable to any in the High Peaks at 3067 feet. after crossing Bald Peak ridgeline you descend into Dickerson notch before ascending a steep 1300 feet climb to Rocky Peak ridge and Marie Louise Pond at ~ 6.2 miles. This little pond is a gem tucked into a small col between Rocky Peak false summit and Rocky Peak-- very quiet, serene, with some areas to pitch a tent. An additional 400 feet of climb and 0.4 miles you finally reach Rocky Point, with fantastic views of Giant, the slides and a commanding panoramic view of St Huberts valley-- indescribably beautiful and breathtaking. Overall the hike is not for the faint of heart- 13.3 miles and over 10 hours of hiking make this a definite dawn to dusk experience. Bring plenty of water and food and be prepared for extra layers for the temperature drops at the summit. Leave early before dawn during the late fall and winter seasons to make sure you have plenty of daylight for the descent...its along way back to the trailhead. a definite A+ hike!

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Friday, November 18, 2016

I hiked this trail as an out-back from the New Russia Trailhead. I had completed Giant 2 weeks before from Roaring Brook Trailhead, with the intent on ascending RPR but was prevented due to time and weather. Therefore, I choose to ascend RPR along the ridgeline following Blueberry Cobble, Mason MT, and Bald Peak. As an autumn hike, this was by far the most amazing and beautiful trail I have climbed so far in my career. Although it is a ruthless uphill climb of 5000 ft ascent, it offers amazing views of St. Huberts Valley, Dix range to the south, and the Giant Wilderness and Hurricane Wilderness Areas to the North. At 2.2 miles from the trailhead you can take a 0.5 mile course around Blueberry Cobble before ascending 500 ft toward Bald Peak. Bald Peak is in itself an amazing hike with views comparable to any in the High Peaks at 3067 feet. after crossing Bald Peak ridgeline you descend into Dickerson notch before ascending a steep 1300 feet climb to Rocky Peak ridge and Marie Louise Pond at ~ 6.2 miles. This little pond is a gem tucked into a small col between Rocky Peak false summit and Rocky Peak-- very quiet, serene, with some areas to pitch a tent. An additional 400 feet of climb and 0.4 miles you finally reach Rocky Point, with fantastic views of Giant, the slides and a commanding panoramic view of St Huberts valley-- indescribably beautiful and breathtaking. Overall the hike is not for the faint of heart- 13.3 miles and over 10 hours of hiking make this a definite dawn to dusk experience. Bring plenty of water and food and be prepared for extra layers for the temperature drops at the summit. Leave early before dawn during the late fall and winter seasons to make sure you have plenty of daylight for the descent...its along way back to the trailhead. a definite A+ hike!

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