Giant Mountain

From 2005 to 2007 I spent a lot of time hiking and snowshoeing in the Adirondacks of New York State. I hiked up at least 15 of the 46 high peaks (above 4000 ft.), including Algonquin Peak, Dix Mountain, Gothics, and Nippletop. I had also been to the summit of Giant Mountain before via the Rocky Peak Ridge, one of the most altitude intensive days in the range (26km round-trip, and over 1600m elevation gain). Since 2007 I have focused more attention on the White Mountains of New Hampshire, so when a friend suggested that we go for an early winter hike in the Adirondacks, I was all for it. We ascended Giant Mountain via the Zander Scott Trail and returned via the Roaring Brook Trail and the Giant Washbowl. A nice circuit, 11.6 km round-trip that we spent 6 hours completing. I can’t wait to revisit the Adirondacks again.

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We ascended Giant via the Zander Scott Trail (right) and looped back around via the Roaring Brook Trail and Giant’s Washbowl (left)
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Looking down on Chapel Pond from the first outlook on the Zander Scott Trail
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The view down to the town of Saint Huberts (white spot in the centre) from the summit of Giant Mountain
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Jean-François taking some photos at the top
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Detritus from the summer fishing season at the Giant Washbowl

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