Had a beautiful bluebird day to hike Giant & Rocky Peak Ridge. Temps in the 30s (F) at our 8:30am start, cooler at elevation, then warming to 51F back at the trailhead. Round trip time…
I was a bit surprised (happily) that both Dial and Nippletop have received a decent amount of snow. There was 3-5″ above 4,000′ elevation. Nippletop was cold and the wind was whipping. I used spikes…
It was a great Fourth of July, happy birthday America!
As much as I dislike some aspects of the Ridge Trail, I have to admit that the ratio of wonderful views to effort is high.
Sometimes, you are presented with a day that fills you with awe.
The six-hour drive home after hiking in the Adirondacks is sometimes harder than the hike itself. Not this hike.
The snowy summit of Giant Mountain at 8:15 AM was completely clouded in, but the wind was low making it beautifully quiet. I snapped a couple photos and quickly turned back to head towards Rocky Peak Ridge, hoping for it’s wonderful views.
The only car in the lot, we signed into the trail at 7:44 AM. Before noon we were enjoying lunch on our 15th high peak, on Rocky Peak Ridge.
Despite our unpreparedness in pretty much all aspects, we made it to the summit. It was breathtaking. 4,627-foot Giant dominates the Keene valley to the east of the Great Range, offering spectacular sweeping views.