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Giant Mountain is the twelfth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, with an elevation of4,626. The peak is also known as “Giant of the Valley,” gets it’s name because of it’s prominence 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 make it quite an imposing figure, leading to its name.
This is one of my personal favorite hikes, because of the accessibility right off the highway, the alternate routes that can be taken and the fantastic views it provides.
One route is a little more elevation, but allows a nice view from the top of Roaring Brook Falls (be sure to also walk the short distance from the parking lot to the bottom of the falls!)
The second option (and my preference) is the trailhead across from Chapel Pond. This route takes you up a trail that provides several vantage points along the way that get better as you ascend. As you can see from the panoramic photo above, the view from the summit view is fantastic (and often crowded).
If you’re up for a little more hiking, Rocky Ridge Peak is a relatively short hike from the summit, and also offers a more complete view from its nearly bald summit.
A more complete hike requires a second vehicle parked in Elizabethtown, and requires a longer hike over Rocky Ridge peak, continuing onto Bald Peak and several progressively smaller summits along the way until eventually reaching the Elizabethtown trail head parking lot.