It’s true I almost blew off the summit like Toto, but still!! Join us as we hike this trail and watch Brian and Brittney achieve their 46th high peak!SUBSCRIBE TO THE ADVENTURE!Brian's Instagram - @Brian_Hikes_All_DayBrittney's Instagram - @Brittney_Hikes_All_DayMy Instagram - @JonathanZphotographyWebsite - www.jonathanzphotography.comSo much more amazing content to come! You are more than welcome to link back to my blog, use in articles, email, social media, etc. Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. Our last one was on a perfect fall weekend in October 2011. On that trip, we started at New Russia and did Bald, RPR, Giant and Hopkins. Rocky Ridge Traverse Start. Very un-Adirondack Trail. Looking down to Bald Peak (bottom), Heading down into and out of Dickerson Notch, Just before reaching Bald Peak the East Trail passes by a well known glacial erratic, Heading down towards and past Blueberry Cobble, Hope you enjoy my blog, thanks for reading! Bald Peak Œ Rocky Peak Œ Giant Traverse, Adirondacks Introduction The Bald Peak Œ Rocky Peak Œ Giant Traverse is an interresting and somehow challenging day hike. We collected enough black fly bites in the 30 minutes at the top of Giant to annoy both of us, so we took off after enjoying some bologna sandwiches and a thermos full of iced-coffee. The Malachowski-Bajak family plus four did the rather arduous 11-mile traverse from New Russia up Rocky Peak Ridge (4,420 feet) and then Giant (4,627 feet) mountains on Aug. 14. Few who have climbed Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant from New Russia would dispute that it's one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks. ... East Dix, Hough, Dix, Giant, and Rocky Peak Ridge and is halfway to becoming a 46er! The uphills on the way back to the car are relatively tame and come in short bursts of no more than a few tenths of a mile. It descends steeply over very rough and muddy terrain to the G / RPR col, then ascends steeply over better but still rough footing to the open summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. genevieve.pfeiffer11 1 year, 3 months ago Bald, Rocky & Giant (Dacks) Andrew 1 year, 4 months ago New Russia Parking Area, Elizabethtown to Chapel Pond Car Parking, Keene, NY, USA. Forecast was 80mph winds and partial clouds. New comments cannot be … Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge Traverse 2012-07-14 Last summer (July 2011), I enjoyed hiking from the New Russia trailhead, over Blueberry Cobbles, Bald Peak, Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant, to the Chapel Pond trailhead. We got off to a slightly later start that we had hoped, but it was still early enough to get parking. One Autumn day. The experience left me with wonderful memories and I vowed to hike the route in the opposite direction. Incredibly beautiful. 100% Upvoted. and Giant Mountain on Saturday, November 19th with Jim & Dave. When he arrived we both took a bunch of pictures and refueled before starting the mostly 6.5 mile descent back to the Jeep at the New Russia trailhead. It was steep, wet, and fun. Luckily for me I had a car spot this time as my friend Diaz was up for the weekend working on his 46 High Peaks list. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Leesa and I had been kicking around doing another Rocky Peak Ridge traverse. Giant Mountain - Rocky Ridge Peak - Mary Louise Pond - Bald Peak - Blueberry Cobbles. Eagle Slide on Giant is a classic and challenging slide route up the west face of the peak. The predicted heat made such an exposed hike unappealing. It's definitely an easier hike heading east towards New Russia than the long steady uphill in the direction of Keene Valley. We hiked down the back side of Giant and across the ridge before starting the ascent to Rocky Peak Ridge. Hikers can begin at the Roaring Brook or Chapel Pond trailheads to begin this hike. New Russia Traverse Via Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge - YouTube Between us and Giant, however, was a fairly significant dip: a col at 3700 feet, meaning we needed to descend about 700 feet down, then about 900 feet back up to the summit of Giant. The two most popular routes climb the southern ridge of the mountain, meeting up about a mile south of the summit. report. Giant/Rocky Peak Ridge Traverse. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. This thread is archived. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Towards the top, I passed a junction sign for Rocky Ridge Peak, saying the peak of Giant was 0.3 miles away. It's an excessively steep descent made worse by the beyond awful footing. With Rocky Peak achieved, it was time to turn our attention to the next objective: Giant Mountain, now looming less than a mile way to the northwest of us. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. All content, pictures, and text are property of Chris Dailey unless otherwise noted. - A few years back I wanted to do a Rocky Peak Ridge Traverse, my car spot bailed on me so I did a long out and back from the trailhead in New Russia all the way to Giant Mountain where I turned around and hiked all the way back to my car. Diaz navigating the steep descent down the East Trail into the Giant / Rocky Peak Ridge col. A few nice sections of the trail between summits! It is located in the Adirondack, New York state, USA. ... pile into the other car and park at the Roaring Brook trailhead to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge on Route 73. As the trail makes its way by the first outlook, the Great Range starts to rise above Keene Valley to … If you have any questions please contact me at, Total Miles: 11.4 miles (4,565 feet elevation gained). The classic Adirondack hike! From the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge you can take in the views of the scarred wall of Giant Mountain to the west (top). Either way, you'll arrive just 0.2 mile from the top of Giant before descending steeply to a col between the two peaks, after which it climbs to the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. Rocky Peak Ridge Traverse to Route 9 Order in ranking, number 20. What an incredible hike. Extraordinary! #boysnight. Rubber knees and pounding quads. Looking back up at Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mountain (top). Almost all the elevation gain would be accounted for over the first 4.5 miles of the hike as the Zander Scott Trail ascends steadily up to the summit of Giant Mountain. -  From the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge we descended to Mary Louise Pond and over to Rocky Peak's summit. The traverse from W to E is about 11 miles and over 4,000 feet of vertical climb. The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer, and it is illegal to park along Route 73. From the summit of Giant there are many four thousand footers in view! We made quick work of the ascent to RPR and before I knew it… At 1:05 p.m., I achieved my 28th winter high peak with Rocky Peak Ridge!! All good until that last mile coming off Giant on the ridge trail. Incredibly strenuous. The 10 mile trail over Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant includes 5300' of climbing, and 9500' for the 20 mile round trip. 11.5 mile. The trail travels over many open ledges with incredible views to the west. 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. hide. Let me know what you want to see next. On January 1, 2019 By Taylor In ADK 46, Trip Reports. It is by no means an easy day hike, but I thought well within our collective comfort level. Heading up the rough and rugged lower section of the Zander Scott Trail, As the trail makes its way by the first outlook, the Great Range starts to rise above Keene Valley to the north, Heading up through the woods and over the ledges to the summit of Giant Mountain. Uneroded path. - The hike between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge is known for being one of the steepest and most tiring hikes between 4,000 foot peaks in the Adirondacks. The mountain, only a couple hundred feet shorter than Giant, was clearly visible in the distance. ... My second visit to Rocky Ridge Peak, and who knows how many for Ewart. Giant Mountain is the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks; Giant can also be approached by first climbing Rocky Peak Ridge Follow Leave No Trace principles; Parking. The weather was unbelievable for a late November hike in the High Peaks.