Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2012-06-10

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos
Date:Sunday, June 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

3rd ADK High Peak! Two weeks after our introduction to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks and we found ourselves back in the mountains yearning for more. Our plan this time was to climb Giant Mountain and if possible, Rocky Peak Ridge. We had the opportunity to stay at an amazing vacation home of a friend of Scott’s (thanks Ted!) so we again stayed in Lake Placid. We planned to get an early start and were at the trail head by 7:30. The Zander Scott trail departs from Rt 73- easy trail access! A short hike into the woods after the trail head leads to an area with small waterfalls cascading down- a nice way to start a hike! After approximately 1 mile from trail head we stumbled upon Giant Washbowl, a peaceful and serene pond which provided for some amazing early morning reflections. While the beauty of this area allowed me to feel as though I could have stayed here forever, the bugs and hike ahead had other intentions. The trail then continues to proceed to some great sections of exposed rock with some minor scrambling required. There are a number of good lookouts along the trail. Numerous cairns are placed along the way, leading to the summit. There are two options for ascent- “over the bump” and “around the bump”. We took the “over the bump” route during ascent and “around the bump” route on descent. The summit of Giant is bald and offers some great views. The black flies were unfortunately in full force and detracted from the viewing, leading us to take on swatting as a primary activity at the summit. A benchmark is present on the summit. Several other groups of hikers were taking in the view, as well as a trail runner who had just run up Giant in 1 hour and 10 minutes! He didn’t stay long before quickly returning into the woods to descend. This would be a great hike in the fall however the summit is not huge and could become crowded quickly. We were alone for the majority of the hike on ascent, however on descent and on our way over the Rocky Peak we were joined by a few others making the same journey. On the summit of Giant we ate a quick lunch, took some photos and the view, battled with the black flies and decided to take on the challenge of another high peak: Rocky Ridge Peak.

Highlights: Giant Washbowl (1/3 mile in from trailhead)- a peaceful/serene pond providing some great early morning reflections, several good viewing areas, heading on to Rocky Peak Ridge- our first hike of two peaks in a day!
Summary Total Data
    Route:Zander Scott Trail (48) to Roaring Brook Trail (47
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Calm, Clear, Warm.
Ascent Part of Trip: Giant/Rocky Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Giant Mountain2012-06-10
2Rocky Peak Ridge2012-06-10
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Elizabeth Sweet
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