Hike • Scenic
What They Are about
- Elevation: 4,627 feet
- Elevation gain and distance vary depending on the starting point; see trail descriptions below for more info
- Giant Mountain is the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks
- Giant can also be approached by first climbing Rocky Peak Ridge
- Follow Leave No Trace principles
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley. There are three main routes up Giant with several variations possible, just be aware that all of them are steep, strenuous climbs that are not suited for beginner hikers. If you're not an experienced hiker, consider doing a less demanding mountain before attempting Giant.
To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is limited to designated parking areas and sections of the shoulder where vehicles can park out of the lane of travel. Do not park where signs prohibit parking.