Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2014-08-16

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started 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
    Total Elevation Gain:4586 ft / 1396 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4511 ft / 1374 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
Unseasonably cold
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4386 ft / 1336 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3586 ft / 1094 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Loss on way in:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Ranney Trail
    Start Trailhead:Trails End Inn  1040 ft / 316 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3711 ft / 1131 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3511 ft / 1071 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Roaring Brook
    End Trailhead:Roaring Brook Trailhead  1115 ft / 339 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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