Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

When hiking through be prepared for some boulder climbing, river crossing, muddy trails, mostly rocky and exposed tree roots on the trails, and some serious incline hiking. When you feel you've reached the end point of the trail, keep going. Felt this should be rated hard rather than moderate.

Was steeper & rockier than expected! We only made it to the washbowl, but the views were worth it.

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 nice trail. I felt it was a mid to upper moderate. Great views and all around fun.

Roaring Brook Trailhead to top of Falls in 0.5 mi. then Giants Washbowl Trail to Washbowl in 1.5 mi. then steep decent to Route 73 in 0.7 mi. then 1.5 mi along Route 73 past Chapel Pond back to trailhead totaling about 4.1 miles, 1300 ft ascent/ decent, about 3 hrs. Old growth trees near top of Falls. Great views.

Steeper than expected but rewarding for little work.

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1 month ago

Views the whole way! One of my favorites.

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

A very enjoyable hike in good weather. A nice variety of wooded areas, a waterfall, a rushing brook to cross and spectacular views from the summit. The trail is well marked and log steps are provided in places.

The majority of the trail is steadily uphill with a bit of rock scrambling here and there, so it feels a bit longer and harder than it actually is. Very few lookouts on the way up, but the summit views are your payback. The trail marked on the provided map does not reach the summit - you need to pass the junction with the East trail and continue to follow the trail through some boulders to get to the top.

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!

Nice trails with breathtaking views. Going “over the nub” certainly blurs the line between hiking and rock climbing. All the other trails around Giant and Rocky Peak can be appreciated by all ages.

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

hiking
2 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

This was my 3rd time hiking Giant, but my first time hiking this trail. Nice trail with a few rock scrambles here and there but I enjoyed this way up to Giant.

Hiked this last Friday! It was a challenging but shorter mileage hike. It is the first of the year so we went pretty slow took us about 7 hours for the entire hike, with hanging on top for a while. Amazing views and the trail was dry. Have to go back and do rocky peak ridge though! Will probably go up the other side (shorter trail) to hit that one. Loved it - ready to hike again 落落

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Perfect day, cold and crisp, beautiful views!

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

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