Explore the most popular Walking 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.

7 days ago

Clear day with amazing views!

23 days ago

24 days ago

Nice trail - I did it with friends in February. There was a couple spots with great views. Weather was beautiful and the challenge was great.

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.

Forecast for 50 mph winds at summit and a couple of inches of snow. They got it right, for once. Plan was to do Giant and RPR. Decided against RPR before we even summited Giant. Almost turned back a couple of times. Winds was blowing snow and obscuring trail. We had to backtrack a couple of times. Footing was actually pretty good on snowshoes the whole way. Wind howling and trail indistinguishable just yards from summit. Almost turned around. Found sign and hightailed it. No photos, hard to stand up. Our footprints already erased in spots on descent. Breaking trail through big drifts at times. Pretty tired by the end, took 5 1/2 hrs. with minimal stopping for food and gear changes (needed goggles at the summit). No views anywhere, to be expected under the conditions. Also, All Trails seems to underestimate distances, which can be a big factor for winter hiking. This hike is 7.2 mi, not 6.3.

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.

Great hike ! Prepare good hiking shoes with metal spikes when doing this hike on late Fall season because it may be really slippery when wet. The view at the top is amazing !

One of the harder High Peaks I've done so far. I'd definitely consider it difficult, not moderate, since the trail is consistently uphill with a decent grade. Top is definitely worth it.

Great challenging uphill adventure this past Saturday. The decreasing temperatures up to the summit led to a snowy morning. Great views of foliage at the top. Quite slippery when wet but other than that, fantastic hike.

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.

5 months ago

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.

Enjoyable little hike to the top of the falls. Some very nice views close to the edge of the falls across the valley. Perfect for a quick hike on an overcast day where panoramic views are not the goal. Second part of the hike to the base of the falls was OK, short & flat.

Steeper than expected but rewarding for little work.

6 months ago

Views the whole way! One of my favorites.

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.

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

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.

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.

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