Traversing Rocky Peak Ridge and Gian Mountain just outside of New Russia, NY, allows you to bag 2 46er peaks in the Adirondacks. Remember that this is a point-to-point hike, so a shuttle car is necessary.

My preference is to start this traverse on Rt 9 in New Russia and finish on Rt 73 at Chapel Pond.

You start off on the Yellow blazed East Trail follow that up and over Blueberry Cobbles (elevation 2,080 feet), then on to Bald Peak (elevation 3,060 feet), then further on and up to Rocky Peak Ridge (an Adirondack High Peak at 4,420 feet). Then descend steeply to the col between RPR and Giant Mountain), and then ascend very steeply to the summit of Giant Mtn. (another Adirondack High Peak at 4,627 feet). Once you take in the views from Giant's summit, you descend by way of the Blue blazed Zander Scott trail to Chapel Pond.

During this hike you will pass Lake Mary Lousie, Giants Washbowl and a large glacial erratic just west of Bald Peak. There are several viewpoints along the hike as well as from each summit.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
  • Crampons (Winter)
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RT Distance 10 Miles
Elevation Gain 4150 Feet
Activities Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

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