Hit the summit of Giant Mt then followed the foot path over to Rocky Peak Ridge. Our group (of 8) decided that in the col between the two, we would bushwack down to the washbowl. As the creek was not frozen, we 'whacked through some thick brush. Overall a good time was had, and we surprised three other hikers coming down Giant by trampling right out onto the trail from the woods in front of them.
Good trail conditions exist. 46r #3532.
Long sections of water ice on the Ridge Trail. I started late, met several groups coming down while I was going up. Had Giant and RPR to myself. Nice! Light snow limited the views to a few miles, but views of Dix, Nippletop and the Lower Great Range were amazing. View of Giant's backside from RPR was well worth the hike over.
Might was well bag it since it's so close to Giant. I'm wondering now if I could have just followed the brook that runs between Giant and Rocky and skipped the climb back up Rocky.
Did this one on a foggy day, 100-ft visibility, but it made for a fascinating krummholz world along the summit ridge. Very celtic. Will do again to get the views. 700-ft drop from Giant's summit to saddle makes for an active day (in the rain!).
Always great views from this peak. In 2001 I watched an awesome sunset over the Champlain Valley.
Very nice points of view on the ridge!
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.
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.