Giant Mountain via Ridge Trail

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Giant Mountain via Ridge Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saint Huberts, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and nature trips and is best used from June until March.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2837 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

A moderate hike over varied terrain including open rock areas and several false peaks before you reach the summit. There are two trails - one slightly longer but less steep and one that is shorter but steeper. The views from the summit into the High Peaks region are excellent. You can also access Rocky Peak Ridge as part of your day hike - the mileage for this additional hike is not included in this total.

hiking
10 days ago

What an epic weekend of hiking (Fri June 8th & Sat June 9th) with amazing weather conditions. We hiked Marcy, Giant, & Algonquin in about 28 hours with a little down time to eat and nap.

What a beast of a hike. We started our climb of Giant (5.8 miles) at around 6:30-7pm. I mean a few switchbacks early on then just get prepared to climb right up the gut! Miles 2 & 3 are hard, challenging, fun and a little technical. We got to the summit just in enough time to see the last 5 minutes of the sun setting. Much colder at night and super windy also. We headed down in the dark with our head gears on and it wasn’t really an issue at all. We stopped a few times and went lights out and the clear night sky lit up with millions of stars. Awesome and highly recommended! Round trip it took us just about 5 hours and we passed just two other hikers the entire time.

hiking
21 days ago

Did it in September and also in December. Both times were a challenge, (but well worth it!). Brought the pup with me for him first high peak. He loved it to say the least. Giant’s washbowl is always a nice place to stop and take in a view, it’s a good excuse to take a breather,or maybe get a little fishing in. The foliage in the fall is amazing. And the snow during the winter makes it just that much better. Very steep and tough trail but a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

24 days ago

made a late day hike yesterday definitely challenging steep rock sections with slippery muddy areas
and to add to it finished the last 1.5 miles with head gear in the dark seeing a moose on the way down.... views were great

1 month ago

went yesterday, still needed spikes for a bit near the top. this hike challenged me mentally with a steep portion of open rock. snow melt had made it wet so it was slippery in portions. was hoping for a quicker trek down but this path is steep and rocky the whole time. A map would be wise as trail markers aren't very prominent.

1 month ago

It was one of the greatest hikes on the Giant mountain trail today. It was challenge and fun hiking on icy and snowy sections. It was fantastic view in the breeze.

hiking
1 month ago

Just came back from Giant Mountain. It was a great trail, hard and technical. SPIKES are still a necessity at this time of year. The last mile was really icy and since it’s really steep, it’s very slippery. We managed do to it without our spikes (at first the mountain looked sooo great and without snow that we left them in the car...) but it’s hazardous, very slippery and it takes so much more time...

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail. I got some great pictures and had a good time. I climbed it with a few friends in October 2017. It’s a tough one.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail somewhat uneventful, but great views made it worth it! Not too strenuous of a hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Did it with my son last October.Rain and fog made for limited visibility but still worth the trip.Hit RockyPeak Ridge while there.Clearing skies made for outstanding fall views.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of ice. Did the whole hike in crampons. Took about 6 hours with stops and 1/2 hour at the peak.

hiking
4 months ago

Very icy, especially after recent melt has re-frozen. Used crampons for the first 3/4 and snowshoes for the remainder. Ice pick recommended. I chose to descend via roaring brook.

hiking
4 months ago

Icy

4 months ago

Climbed this with my youngest daughter during a heatwave. It was awesome!! But, only if you prepare for the conditions. Layers and water and dry clothes to change into. Even in the heatwave, it was very windy on the top and we were cold in our sweaty clothes. She was 12 and did just fine with this hike. Great views and plenty of other hikers to share experience with.

backpacking
5 months ago

Today did Ridge trail up Giant Mountain . Needed snowshoes going up and halfway down . The trail is steep at certain heights . Nice trail would do it again.

hiking
7 months ago

hiked with my daughter a few years ago in august. some challenges along the way, but nothing we couldn't handle. sweet views of the great range in the distance and of chapel pond below.

backpacking
7 months ago

Tough climb this time of year because of icy conditions near top. Also very easy to miss trail to roaring brook, which I did and then must take trail over nubble to get back. Definitely adds to challenge but some great views

hiking
7 months ago

It was a tough climb, but we had awesome views most of the way up. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/giantandrockypeak/

7 months ago

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hiking
7 months ago

Quite the challenge but worth every step !

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day and very nice hike. The whole family did it just fine even my 6 year old baby girl didn't have any issues. Get your kids off the electronics and out in the woods for a change

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful hike , I would do this again .

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike! Steep and long but not as difficult as some had made it seem. The views along the way make it worth every step. I would reccomend wearing good and supportive shoe!! There are many rocks you could easily twist an ankle on.

I am giving this four stars just because the trail at some points is not easy to follow and a handful of times we had to really think and look at our map on where we should go.

Always stay safe and carry a map with you! These high peaks are beautiful but Mother Nature can take a quick turn for the worse, always be prepared.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing view ! Difficult and painful but it’s worth it. It was my second hike and I was able to do it, so everyone can. A lot of rock climbing tho.

8 months ago

It was a hard climb up, every time I thought we were at the top, there was more to climb. Excellent experience!

8 months ago

Difficult and painful but worth it at the end!

8 months ago

Great view from 73

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views! Someone rock scrambling. Lots of fun!

8 months ago

Lots of fog from the rain on the way up. Trail definitely gets the best of yah at some off the switchbacks! Got some views of snow on Rickey Peak Ridge. Then at .07 miles till Giant we got into the snow. 80 degrees two days ago. Crazy ADK weather. No Views on the summit. But some on the way back down. Amanda an I survived the Giant.

8 months ago

Incredible views! More like 6 miles.

hiking
9 months ago

2.5 hrs up to the top and 2 hrs coming down, it was a great work out

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