Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2017-07-26

Climber: Adam Baldwin

Date:Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the Chapel pond parking area hoping it would be the last parking spot to fill and I was delighted to see a porta-potty located there. I stepped off around 6:45 AM on the Ridge Trail and there were only two other people before me. Oh the beauty of hiking early!! The ascent was stunning the whole way to the summit. It's impossible to keep any type of pace while stopping at each vista on the way. After taking Giant's Summit it I started my journey to Rocky Peak Ridge.
The beginning of this trail (into the saddle) is not for the faint of heart. It's mostly wet exposed rock with almost nothing to hold on to. I could definitely see where people could get seriously hurt but if you take your time its doable. Hey, some people may even enjoy that type of challenge. On the plus side, the ascent up RPR is very nice. While on the summit the clouds started to roll in but it was still an amazing view.
I decided to do a "out and back" but the trail back up Giant was no where near as difficult as the descent. On my way down I must have passed 60+ people! It's getting crazy up there! When I signed out I counted the people and I was fairly close... 65! and that's just the one trail head. I believe there are two other trail heads as well. All in all it was one of my favorite hikes so far!
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