Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2014-08-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, August 16, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||4626 ft / 1410 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted the hike from the Trail's End Inn in Keene Valley. Hiked south on 73 for a few hundred yards until I saw the trailhead for the Roostercomb. Here I crossed the road, headed back a few hundred feet and took Ranney Way until I saw the trailhead. It had rained very bad the week previous, and the trail was still very wet. I didn't see any hikers until I was just short of the cut-off for Hopkins mountain. Here I saw a couple and their lovely dog Daisy. They headed up Hopkins, and I continued up to Giant. Southeast of the col between Hopkins and Giant and just east of point 1025 on the topo, there was a rough 200 yard fen that needed to be crossed. There are some logs to help you out, I was able to hug the north edge and only plunged in a few times. Nasty. I continued on and when I popped out on the final ridge to Giant, I was treated to awesome views of Keene Valley and the High Peaks region. Here I also saw the summit was crowed with hikers...yet I had only seen 2 so far...which told me that I took the hard way. I summitted and decided to go down the Roaring Brook trail, which apparently everyone had come up. Had I known, I would have come up this way myself, but I wanted to hike from the inn, and am glad I did the traverse. Great views from the top, and I wish I had more time, but dinner called!
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4586 ft / 1397 m|
| Elevation Loss:||4511 ft / 1374 m|
| Distance:||9.5 mi / 15.3 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble|
| Elevation Gain:||4386 ft / 1337 m|
| Extra Loss:||800 ft / 243 m|
| Distance:||5.5 mi / 8.9 km|
| Route:||Ranney Trail|
| Trailhead:||Trails End Inn 1040 ft / 316 m|
| Time Up:||4 Hours |
| Elevation Loss:||3711 ft / 1131 m|
| Extra Gain:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Roaring Brook|
| Trailhead:||Roaring Brook Trailhead 1115 ft / 339 m|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
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