Giant's Nubble Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,136' 346 m
Descent: -1,136' -346 m
High: 2,785' 849 m
Low: 1,649' 503 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (8°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“A short, steep trail to an amazing view of the Keene Valley!”— Sam Newman-Stonebraker
The first 0.7 miles of the trail to the Washbowl is quite steep with lots of rocks and roots to climb over. There isn't much in the way of scrambling or bouldering, but it can be slippery and muddy when wet. Just before the Washbowl, the trail levels out with a nice view of the valley below.
The trail then crosses a bridge at the southeast end of the Washbowl (the Nubble can be seen across the lake as a rock outcropping on the hill above), and continues uphill along the Ridge Trail for 0.3 miles. At the junction, the well-marked trail to the Nubble goes to the left, and steadily climbs through the woods for 0.4 miles or so. There are a couple spots with nice views of the Washbowl and the valley below. There is one spot which requires a scramble up a muddy, rocky face with some slippery roots (harder coming down), but other than that, it is quite tame.
You'll reach a junction with a trail that heads down and to the right (connects to the Roaring Brook Trail), but follow the signs pointing left towards the Nubble. A quick 0.1-mile jaunt along the top of the rock outcropping will get you to the destination and great views!
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Land Manager: NY DEC - Region 5 Office