Giant Mountain Peak via Ridge Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.3 miElevation gain3,005 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain Peak is the best way to access Giant Mountain Peak, but users may also access this by Rocky Peak Ridge via a right turn (to the east) at the top of Giant Mountain Peak. There is also another nearby trail leading up that way (see nearby trails). This trail is very steep, with almost 3,000 feet of elevation gain over three miles to the summit. Once users arrive at the high peak, the summit views are spectacular. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, users have reported that the scrambling can be difficult for them. During winter, the trail can be frozen, muddy, or thick with snow, so wearing proper footwear year round is a great way to always enjoy this trek. Fall day hikes are the most recommended in this area for the sublime colors and peaceful chapel pond views.

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Maddy Tibbetts
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Hiked 4/9/21 Weather 70 and sunny It was a beautiful day and we started at 8:30AM. We reached the lookout about .7 miles in and it was gorgeous, little did we know the views would get much better from there. We kept hiking and there was a lot of rock scramble right off the bat, barely any trail it felt like! It felt all uphill, not too bad but very little flat land throughout the whole hike. All trails was very deceiving though because it said it was 2.5 miles to the top but we tracked 4 miles to the top in about 4 hours. There was snow all at the top, we kept postponing and falling in, lots of ice and crampons helped a lot especially coming down but this definitely slowed us down a lot so plan accordingly. We chose to go around the bend which seemed to be the best and then from there made it to the top! We clocked 8 miles and 7 hours round trip in the end and the views were WORTH IT!

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Steve Wade
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One of the best in the ADK.

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Beth Wagner
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Really steep. 3k elevation gain in 3 miles to the top. Trail was frozen mud, solid ice, and monorail firm snow on the way to the summit. Views at summit were beautiful. Started down Ridge trail to go out to RPR but trail conditions were terrible. Slick and slippery slush all the way to the Giant Outlook, too much for crampons (no chance with microspikes). At the outlook where the trail turns it was sheer thick ice. No way. We turned back. Descending was messier than on the way up. Mud, slush, softening ice all the way down. Water crossings were fine, but the rest of the trail will be better in June!

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Lincoln Riddle
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Great hike. Very steep and strenuous at times, but the views at the summit were worth it! I hiked this on 3/20. There was still plenty of snow, but the top layer was very slushy and there was a fair amount of ice. Took me 6.5 hours to do the full 6 miles.

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Timothy Rodrigue
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Matthew Chan
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trail was great! awesome views how short of a hike it is compared to other high peak trails. I needed something a but more chill after getting my butt kicked from climbing Marcy the day before; I also would have most likely gone to the neighboring rocky peak ridge if the sun wasn't going down so fast. trail conditions were pretty good for snowshoes/crampons. although it did get a bit narrow in some places. there are also 1 or 2 areas that have super icy ledges you got to climb over so I'd be careful. the hike is short but for the latter half of it, the incline picks up quite a bit and you'll be climbing walls during the final ascent to the peak. the Peak was stunning and featured some really good views of the neighboring range as well as a beautiful sunset. I did like how the peak wasn't completely exposed as it wasn't that windy- a nice change from the other peaks I've visited, where there are no trees at the top. there is also a nice open area within the trees to catch some photos. overall, I had a fun time and will definitely revisit with much more daylight to reach rocky ridge!

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Cary Maikranz
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Frances McGuire
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My first solo ADK peak - amazing views. Tough going for a little while, but the views along the way are worth it.

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Stacie Dina
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Rainy, snowy, windy day! Snowshoes the whole way, especially toward the top where there are more snowdrifts. Before the nubble there are some icy spots. We keep forgetting how much of a butt-kicker this mountain can be!

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Zac Trautman
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got to do a super long glissade today. great views at top and along the way. seemed tough. camped at washbowl

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Dana Briggs
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Katy Leidel
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A family came before us and broke the trail up to the wash bowl. We broke the trail after that up to Giant. All fog on the top. Lots of great views coming down. Sun came out. We slid down parts, which was really fun. Took us a little less than 6 hours to complete.

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Zach Wong
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Completed 2/14. snow is packed down pretty well, but snowshoes still recommended. some very steep gradients, but great views. 4 hour ascent and 3 hour descent for some relatively inexperienced winter hikers.

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Sara Tobin
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Ara Froe
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We were able to do it with just crampon since snow was packed down. The trail was pretty steep going up (almost 3 hours) but awesome views along the way. Had a beautiful sunny day without any wind so got to eat lunch and hang out for about 20 mins. Way down was so easy and fun (less than 2 hours).

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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

The trail is treacherous. Heavy snow, steep and icy. It's safe to stay on track. One must have winter gear at this time including spikes. Hand warmers go handy too. It's beautiful and adventurous trek

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Patrick Lynch
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R L
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The views were amazing today! Trail was packed down perfectly. The incline kicked my butt a little bit still powered through.

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