Route Climbed: Giant-RPR col(1st time); RPR traverse(2nd time) Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2000 and Sep 29, 2002
This is truly one of the most beautiful mountains in the Adirondacks. I defintely recommend starting at the New Russia trailhead, climbing over Bald Peak and Rocky Peak Ridge, and then down the Ridge Trail from Giant. The fall colors were nice, the open ridges of Bald Peak and RPR were nice, and the alpine pond and alpine meadows on RPR are simply spectacular. Over the course of the this hike, you will gain just over 5300 vertical feet and then lose around 4000 vertical feet over the course of this 11-mile traverse hike.
Route Climbed: Traverse over from the Ridge Trail of Giant. Date Climbed: 6/1/03
What a nice exposed summit area. The day we were there we were buffeted with 50 MPH winds, and didn't stay long, but enjoyed the moments were were there. My 9 y/o daughter added a stone to the impresive summit cairn already there.
This traverse adds 2.6 miles and 1400' (over and back) to the Ridge trail route up Giant Mountain.