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Adirondack 46 High Peaks


Giant Mountain

Giant Mountain 12. Giant
Elevation: 4627 (1410)
44.0940N 073.4313W

Giant Mountain is the twelfth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack State Park, in New York, USA. The peak is also known as "Giant of the Valley," due to its stature looking over Keene Valley and St. Huberts to the west. The prominent rock slides on the mountain's steep western face and its location away from most other large peaks made it quite the imposing figure, leading to its name.


There are three main ascents of Giant, one from the east, and two from the west. The two most popular routes begin on trailheads along New York State Route 73, one near St. Huberts and the other near Chapel Pond. The two trails climb the southern ridge of the mountain, meeting up about a mile south of the summit.

The third ascent begins from the east, near the town of New Russia, and is not as commonly climbed due to the longer hike. The route climbs Bald Peak, a smaller mountain, then begins the ascent of Rocky Peak Ridge. After summiting Rocky Peak Ridge, hikers decent a small coll before ascending to the Giant summit. This route is more commonly used by those attempting to become Adirondack Forty-Sixers, since Rocky Peak Ridge is a required peak.