This was the first mountain I ever climbed.
Superb hike when done through the ridge; but it's 12 miles of good hiking. Got some rain between rocky peak and giant's summit, otherwise, very nice day.
Nice trail. Well marked. Hiking boots necessary in wet conditions. Saw some people with running shoes slip. Don't let the false summit throw you off - keep going!
Great ice in the winter
Been up this one several times. Fun, short hike with excellent views. Definitely fun in the winter.
Short and sweet. Not alot of water.
My first experience in the ADK high peaks, was not sure what to expect. Perfect weather conditions, high 60s w/ light wind, mostly cloudy. Encountered only a few hikers along the way, generally a secluded climb.
Ascended via Ridge trail, a few nice vistas along the way. Visibility high and views spectacular to me at the time. Peak only moderately populated, and slightly cooler. Descended via Roaring Brook, a nice scenery change. Great first climb.
this is a great mountain; I love all the outstanding routes to the summit. even after climbing the 2nd feather of the eagle slide, I can now focus on climbing the other west face slides, and then work on the east face rock slides as well!
Shared a good bottle of wine the night before at the washbowl. Walked this one in big old overkill boots. Great views at the top and not a few black flies in the spruce at the top.
Did this peak because partner never showed to try and find some ice to climb. Beautiful day, great views on the way of the slab.
Major problem locating the trailhead from Chapel Pond so we freeclimbed the rocky face and met up with the trail at the Giant Washbowl and followed it up to the summit. The ascent was a steady one and we made good time however the weather turned against us as we approached the summit and rain moved in. Visibility was low, but it proved a good hike regardless.
Tried to beat the holiday crowds. Got an early start, very cloudy, misty and wet but kept on going. Reached summit 2.5 hrs later. In the clouds...50' visibility. We waited an hour or so at peak, it did not clear. Oh well, a great climb anyway. Some views at the rock passes. Always a good day going up!!
First mountain I've climbed. Went too fast and didn't drink enough on this steep trail so I was exhausted when I reached the summit. Regardless, the views are great, with most of the High Peaks visible.
Absolutely perfect weather...the visibility was almost perfect and the many views up the mountain were breathtaking. Plus, when we reached the summit, we were the only two people left on the mountain, the other three parties had already gone down. I really loved this hike...particularly the giant rock slab parts that were marked with little rock formations made by other hikers. I cannot tell you the importance of great visibility when hiking. It really made the difference. Quite a strenuous hike and very steep in parts with a total 3050 vertical...but so beautiful and breathtaking it was well worth it. I can't wait to try a few others out.
Total hiking time was 6 hours with numerous stops and rests and little naps on this beautiful mountain.
Nice, steep climb that was moderatly strenuous. Good views for a large part of the way but a slight haze over the region certainly lessened what could have been an incredible view. 3050 ascent makes this a nice physical outing and fun to do. The main summit area, which is small to begin with, was a little crowded for my liking (10-15 other people).
***NOTE*** Just below the summit a traverse over to Rocky Peak Ridge (4420 ele) makes this a full day and vaults this hike into the STRENUOUS catagory.
Excellent hike but very direct up hill all the way with very little in the way of a break. Nice stream near the bottom to cool off in. Dog loved it. Good vertical assent in a short time. I try and do it once a year. Affords excellent views from the summit.