Rocky Peak Ridge from New Russia

HARD 15 reviews
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Rocky Peak Ridge from New Russia is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Russia, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,872 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
15 days ago

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.

hiking
24 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
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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