Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2013-09-27

Climber: Mark Prier

Others in Party:Melissa Creasey
Date:Friday, September 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the TH for the Ridge Trail and started up at a nice and easy pace. Went over the bump on the way up (and around the bump on the way down). Enjoyed some fall colour and views on the ascent at the early lookouts and exposed areas (with the clouds enveloping the tops of the high peaks around us), but by the time we reached the summit, we were completely surrounded by clouds. We hung around for two hours, mesmerized by the fog rolling by us, hoping for the view to clear, but to no avail. We decided against continuing on to Rocky Peak Ridge and instead descended, also deciding to avoid visiting the nubble. We're going to come back and do this summit again sometime, taking in Rocky Peak and the Nubble then. Despite not being able to take in the summit views, we both found it an enjoyable hike due to all the exposed rock.

Noteworthy aside: we came across the largest striped maples we have ever seen on this hike. For whatever reason, there are a lot of large striped maples (which is not normally found as a large tree) in the Adirondacks. We came across them in a small grove not too far beyond the washbowl on the way up. Tree enthusiasts, take note.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2966 ft / 905 m
    Elevation Loss:2966 ft / 905 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2966 ft / 905 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Ridge Trail TH  1660 ft / 505 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2966 ft / 905 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Route:Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Ridge Trail TH  1660 ft / 505 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 29 Minutes

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