Location: In between Keene Valley and Underwood on the 73, NY, USA
Starting Point: Giant Mountain Primary Trailhead
Elevation: Giant 4,626ft (#12 on High Peaks List)
RPR 4,390ft (#20)
Ascent: Giant 3,050ft
Route We Took: Ridge Trail to Giant Summit, to Rocky Peak Ridge, back to Giant and down Ridge Trail
Total Distance: 14 km
Time: 8 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate (compared to other High Peaks)
This was day 2 of my solo-hiking trip in the Adirondacks to crush out a couple more 46er peaks (the day before I did Cascade and Porter).
The terrain is pleasant to start to the ascent as you make your way through a typical whimsical Adirondack forest. Then be prepared for lots of rocks and rock slides. You reach a junction that either sends you to the Giant summit (SO CLOSE) or towards Rocky Peak Ridge. I decided to summit Giant first.
It was manageable with a bit of scrambling. The summit was quite busy but it was a beautiful and bright sunny day so it was easy to hang out for a while.
Then it was time for Rocky Peak Ridge. After descending back to the junction, you take a left towards RPR. At this point, you have to go DOWN Giant and BACK UP RPR. This was the steepest and toughest part of my 2 day hiking days.
Rocky’s summit was a lot less busy and just as beautiful. It was even more rewarding seeing where you just came from as Giant is right in front of you.
The toughest part is getting back up Giant. Since you’ve already put in a long day, the steepness and rock slides are that much more challenging. But you can do it!
Once you get back up Giant be prepared for the long descent back down. These mountains are both worth it but make for a tough day.
Lots of hiking love,