We left camp at Schroon Lake about 7:45 and were on the trail about 8:30. When we hiked Giant Mountain previously, we had gone up the Ridge Trail, so this time we went up the Roaring Brook trail.
|Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead|
Summit Coordinates (Giant): 44° 9' 40'' N; 73° 43' 13'' W
Summit Cooridnates (Rocky Peak Ridge): 44° 9' 16'' N; 73° 42' 20'' W
Elev. at Trailhead: 1250'
Elev. at Summit (Giant): 4626' (12th highest Adirondack peak)
Elev. at Summit (Rocky Peak): 4390' (20th highest Adirondack peak)
Total Vertical Gain: 5000'
One way Distance: 4.8 miles
Total Hike Dist.: 10.0 miles
One way Hiking Time: 3.5 hours
Total Hike Time: 7 hours
The first mile of this trail is really beautiful. After climbing 400 vertical there is a nice designated campsite close to the top of Roaring Brook falls.
|Deginated campsite close to the top of Roaring Brook Falls|
|Roaring Brook crossing at 2000'|
At 3200' the alpine zone changes and the ascent also gets a little steeper. There is a ladder at 3800'.
|A helpful ladder along the trail|
Several openings in the trees give fine views to the west. After 2.9 miles, the trail connects with Ridge trail for the final .7 miles to the summit of Giant Mountain. The trail to Rocky Peak vears right just .1 miles before the summit of Giant.
We went to the summit of Giant to have a snack and enjoy the view before continuing on to Rocky Peak. The trail to Rocky Peak quickly descends to a col at about 3775' before ascending once again to reach the summit of Rocky Peak.
Rocky is mostly open rock at the summit and gives a wonderful 360 degree view including views of the Great Range, the Dix Wilderness, Lake Champlain and Vermont.
|Looking east along Rocky Peak ridge, towards Bald Peak. Marie Louise pond can also be seen in the distance.|
|Looking west northwest towards Giant Mountain, with Leesa standing next to the rock cairn on top of Rocky.|
|Mike on summit of Rocky Peak|
|One more rock for the cairn|
|Panorama, looking towards Giant Mountain from Rocky Peak|
|Leesa, enjoying the summit of Rocky Peak|
|Lots of these purple flowers were seen along the trail|
We retraced our steps on the return by re-ascending Giant Mountain, then descending on the Roaring Brook trail. Just before we got back to the car, we stopped to take the short side trail to the base of the falls. There is not a lot of water coming over the falls this time of year, but its' still a nice spot to stop and get wet.
|Roaring Brook Falls|
We were back to the car about 5 PM and back to Schroon Lake in time to enjoy a nice view from the beach.
|Schroon Lake beach at sunset|
|Schroon Lake at sunset|
|Our route highlighted in blue|
We had a very nice day. There were no bugs on this trip and the weather was great. A future trip will be to climb Rocky from the east starting in New Russia and climbing Rocky Peak ridge and Bald Peak.