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Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mountain Out and Back

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Awesome run to get in two ADK 46'er high peaks with great views all the way!


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8.8

Miles

14.2

KM

52%

Runnable

4,621' 1,409 m

High

1,659' 506 m

Low

4,379' 1,335 m

Up

4,379' 1,335 m

Down

19%

Avg Grade (11°)

69%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Off-leash

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Great run with lots of views from the slabs, slides and summits. It is quite steep in spots with the decent from Giant going over to RPR tending to be steep and slick when wet.

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The best way to tackle this is to do it like Cascade and Porter. Head up the Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and just before the summit break off to the right onto the East Trail to Giant Mountain. This will take you down the east side of Giant and over to RPR.

A short way down there is a trail off to the left to go out to the East Slide Lookout. This is a great place to catch a sunrise if you want to start out early and don't have time to get all the way over to RPR which would also lent to awesome sunrise or sunset views. It is very easy to miss the path as it is lightly traveled. A little hint, there is a wooden sign 10 feet downhill from the path which faces downhill and has an arrow which points the opposite direction of the path leading out to the lookout.

From here, continue over to RPR which has no USGS pin or marker. Head back over to the Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and take a right to head up to the summit of Giant which is only 0.1 miles for some more great views. Giant has a USGS pin. From here head back down the Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain to the trailhead.

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Kyle Harrington

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Giant Mountain's East Slide Lookout.
Oct 1, 2020 near Elizabe…, NY
Summit view of the Great Range.
Jul 23, 2019 near Keene, NY

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