Elevation

4,627 ft / 1,410 m

Prominence

2,953 ft / 900 m

Summits

215 summits

Top climbing months

July   19%

August   17%

September  13%

Most climbed route

Ridge Trail (Chapel Pond Trail)

Highlights

  • Giant Mountain is in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, New York.
  • The prominent rock slides on the mountain's steep western face and its location away from most other large peaks make it quite an imposing figure, leading to its name.
  • The two most popular routes climb the southern ridge of the mountain, meeting up about a mile south of the summit.
  • Rocky Peak Ridge, another ADK 46er, lies nearby, and can be summited in the a same-day outing.
  • Eagle Slide on Giant is a classic and challenging slide route up the west face of the peak.
"Summitted Today for high peak #16. Went up the Ridge Trail. I highly recommend this route. The views on the way up are stunning, and the trail is open and rocky with a few scrambles for good measure." - UK-Ranger, Aug 11, 2018
"Trail hard packed snow and ice (mainly). 3-4 inches of fresh snow on trail towards the top. Some steep tricky spots with ice but spikes were still manageable. Very little wind mostly apart from when I reached the top and it was quite breezy. Sunny to start with but clouds moved in and it limited the view a bit at the summit - but still pretty impressive! A few light snow showers. 34-40 degrees. Just 1 couple ahead of me (who got up and down without any spikes or snowshoes!)" - rhinteractive, Apr 11, 2018
"A sixth time for me up Giant and the third for Deb. This was the first time we used the Roaring Brook trail. Great trail, has a warm up as compared to the Ridge trail. Great weather, a little breeze kept the black flies and mosquito,s at bay. We left early this morning so had no issues parking and the trail was empty! Views from the summit were great and we stopped by the falls as well on the way back and got some pictures. Deb and I had a great time and this is a great warm up for the last 13 46er's we have left." - hbotc, May 28, 2017
"We hiked on a beautiful fall day! There were a ton of people we saw on this trail throughout the day. We took a bunch of short stops for water and snacks, and to admire all the breathtaking views. I did this hike quite a few years back (maybe 6) and the weather was cloudy with zero view at the top. In fact, it began to thunderstorm right when I hit the summit and I took one single picture and basically ran down for cover as it continued to pour. This time was a completely different experience and I am so happy I hiked this again. We continued from this summit onto hike Rocky Peak Ridge." - Flyhighrunfast, Oct 15, 2016
"All Trails says 5.2 and the trailhead sign said 3 miles each way and we recorded 7 miles. 3.5 hours up and just under 2 coming down. A definite workout. Bring lots of water. There were a few rock scrambles and about 8 different open rock faces to climb. There are views for most of the second half of the hike and a breathtaking summit" - kathyrowney, Jul 6, 2016

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