We hiked down the back side of Giant and across the ridge before starting the ascent to Rocky Peak Ridge. The descent off of Giant and toward Rocky Ridge was REALLY steep. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. It’s also a grueling one because the elevation gain is substantial compared to its relatively short mileage; the total elevation gain for this hike checks in at a healthy 5,300 feet. The ascent of Giant from Rocky Peak Ridge certainly lived up to my fears, and there were a few stretches where I was just managing to put one foot in front of (or above) the other. While the climbing makes for a challenging run, there is a great deal of open ridge running on this route, and the views are early, often, and expansive in both directions. The Ridge trail is steep and rocky, you will gain 3000 ft of elevation over 3 miles. His Hike: Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge By Herb Terns on January 25, 2010 at 2:38 PM Gillian and I both went hiking this weekend but with different people and to different places. We were dangerously low on water at this point, but found a small trickle of a stream to fill up at while on the ridge. If it is closed you can just park your car in front of the gate and walk around. This was a great summit! After about 30 more minutes of climbing, we reached the summit of Giant Mountain. This is a huge wooden slide with bumps in the middle. The people there don't mind. Curtis chose Giant and Rocky Ridge mountains, which are both 46ers and the trail would also include a mountain on the 29 peak challenge. The trail climbs quite steeply until you reach a good lookout that has Chapel Pond, Round Mountain and the lower great range. The third trail head is in New Russia, it runs about 8 miles to Giant and I hear it is very cool. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near New Russia, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. After reaching Rocky Peak Ridge, hikers decent a small col before ascending to Giant Mountain. I drank a 1.5 liters of water but it was cool out, if it was warm I am sure 3-4 liter would not be unreasonable . When you arrive you will see a yellow gate. The route climbs Bald Peak, a smaller mountain, then begins the ascent of Rocky Peak Ridge. Giant Slide. A 6 mile round trip hike to Giant with an elevation gain of 3050 feet or an 8.6 mile round trip and roughly 4040 feet in elevation gain combining Giant & Rocky Peak Ridge. Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. You'll have superb scenery to motivate you, however, and while Giant Mountain offers great Bald rock face, great views, another geological survey marker at the top and lots of other cool stuff too. This route is more commonly used by those attempting to become Adirondack Forty-Sixers, since Rocky Peak (4420 feet) is a required peak. I went to the Giant Slide at Rocky Ridge on March 28 with my two brothers, sister, and my mom. The 10 mile trail over Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant includes 5300' of climbing, and 9500' for the 20 mile round trip. After this hard climb I rested some more at the junction with the Ridge Trail, and noticed a strange feeling. The back side of Giant is somewhat steep, be careful. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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