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My family and I hiked this loop counterclockwise, starting up the Gill Brook Trail/Elk Pass to Nippletop then over to Dial and back down Bear Den Mt and the HG Leach Trail. In our opinion this was definitely the way to do it. The Gill Brook Trail is beautiful and very easy to walk, the ground is soft and just roots, no large rocks that are typical of the high peaks until you get up closer to the ascent of Nippletop. The trail from Nippletop to Dial was fairly easy, mostly downhill with a quick ascent to the summit of Dial. Coming back down BDM and the HG Leach Trail was much steeper than we anticipated after seeing everyone say this was the less-steep path. Most of the trail was dry when we hiked, only muddy the top 1/3 of the trail probably. Overall a great hike, we had perfect weather. 9 hours roundtrip.

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.

Trail has quite a few ups and downs to it. I had gone clockwise which is usually against my better judgement as I like to get my elevation out of the way first if possible. I went in this direction because if I had enough steam and the sky cleared up (as it was raining out), I was going to hit up fish hawk cliffs and Indian Head. I had plenty of steam left after descending Elk Pass but it had begun to rain heavily. I will be back for those on a clearer day.

Trail was a little wet. Near the Nippletop summit it was quite muddy. No views above 3500 ft. due to low hanging clouds. The only view I had all day was from the Noonmark shoulder looking up at Bear Den, Dial, and Nippletop. Elk Pass had some brand new traversing boards to walk over the anticipated mud wallows which were nice.

I keep hearing about how steep the Elk Pass trail up to Nippletop is, but honestly it wasn't too bad. In my opinion: the Seward Mountain Trail (off Seward Mtn), Panther Brook Trail (off Panther in the Santanoni's), Cold Brook Trail (Marshall's shoulder), and the Slide Brook Trail (off Macomb in the Dix) are more notable for difficulty. I'm wondering if this one gets more attention due to the volume of hikers using it vs. the others. This is not to say it is not steep- it is. It is just well maintained, easy to follow, water re-routes off the trail are great, and if you take your time (especially when it is raining) you'll be fine. Big plus in that I did not see any of that slick, red moss that plagues hikers on steep, heavily saturated, sun-soaked ascents/descents!

Very rewarding trail! That hard rating was not messing around!
The first 4 or so miles was super easing going on road just to get to the trailhead. It’s on private property so you’re not able to park any closer. The hikers parking lot at the bottom of ausable road is where you leave your car. Then you need to walk up that road with the golf course on your right. Once you get to the bend in the road veer left and the sign in station is there. But there’s still a bunch more of easy walking to go after that on dirt road.

Sawteeth was the very last trailhead along this dirt road. Once you get there, I highly recommend taking the rainbow falls trail first. It’s absolutely gorgeous but I knew we wouldn’t have the energy to go back that way after completing the loop.
Start the sawteeth loop following the scenic route. I wouldn’t have wanted to hike this loop going counterclockwise at all!

You start off along the trail with lovely views of the lake. After outlook 1 or 2 (i can’t remember which), the trail got a little more tricky to follow. It’s obvious this trail isn’t hiked often, but there are a decent amount of markers to keep you going. The steep incline was super challenging and at some points was straight up scaling rocks and rock climbing. Some areas had ladders which was a much welcomed sight. But you definitely earn it on this one. Once you finally reach the last outlook or sawteeth summit, it mostly all downhill and so much easier than the trail going up.

And of course once you finally complete the loop, you’ve still got that 4 mile trek back to the parking lot unfortunately. But man, do I feel accomplished after completely that whole loop! Make sure you’ve got plenty of water!

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.

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

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.

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.

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...

Still very icy, make sure you have proper shoes and spikes!! Challenging on the lake side, however, still beautiful. Weather condition for April 30 were still in the 40's-50's so cooler than normal.

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.

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

Extremely challenging especially in these winter like conditions we are still experiencing in NYS. I would like to experience it again when the weather is nicer. Also, we did the loop trail but AllTrails glitched while we were out there so half of the hike is missing. We did this in 11 hours if you are starting the timing from the registry.

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.

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

Completed this hike yesterday. Great view on Nippletop! This hike took me 10 hours. I used spikes, snowshoes, and crampons. Came back through Gill Brook trail for as long as I could before getting back to Lake Road. A bit over 15 miles..

Lots of wildlife. Partridge, big bear tracks in the snow. A beautiful hike.

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.

Brutal winter hike if you go take alltrail's suggestion and do Nippletop first, but i imagine its a matter of preference if you want to get most of the climbing done asap. Trail from Elk Pass up to Nippletop is mostly ice. You will need decent spikes for this. Regular microspikes wont cut it as the couple a few dozen feet behind me found out (they had to quit halfway up because they couldnt make it up a particularly icy spot and i didnt have rope to help them). Also make sure to wear snowshoes since whatever isnt ice is 3-4 feet of fluffy snow, and if you stray 3 inches off the narrow packed down trail you will immediately posthole up to your waist. Once you get to Nippletop Summit the views are amazing and definitely worth the strenuous climb. The trail to Dial and over Bear Den is pretty easy from here (but keep your snowshoes on), with a little more climbing up to Noonmarks shoulder. There are also plenty of spots steep enough on the descent that you can literally sit down and butt slide 20-100 feet at a time to save energy (just use an ice axe or trekking poles to steer and stop) and have some fun. The only downside to this hike is the long approach up the access road you have to walk, but otherwise the views and the trail are 10/10

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.

Hiked yesterday, skipped scenic route given conditions, snow covered and very icy at top. Nice gravel road walk into the trail. Trail was in good condition and easy to follow. Were only ones on the trail, snowed again last night.

hiked in mid July.
sawteeth to pyramid to gothics and the down gothics to beaver meadow falls and out.
beautiful hike. had a great partner.

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/

Quite the challenge but worth every step !

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

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