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Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge Traverse

Adirondack Wilderness Explorers
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Sep 16 7:00AM - 8:00AM

The traverse of Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge, from Chapel Pond to New Russia, is one of the finest hikes in the Adirondacks. Much of the trail is on open rock, with outstanding views at nearly every turn. This is about more than just "bagging" a couple High Peaks--this is an outstanding experience, especially when the weather cooperates!

This will be a long, daunting hike over rugged terrain. We will climb 3020 vertical feet to the summit of Giant Mountain, traverse over to Rocky Peak Ridge, and then follow the long ridgeline trail across Bald Peak and down to New Russia. The miles will belong, the elevation change will be staggering, but the viewswill be worth it if the skies are clear!

If you are ready to meet the challenge, then join me on the trail.

Photo: View of the ridgeline trail from Rocky Peak Ridge, looking toward Vermont

Approximate Hiking Distance:The traverse is 10.4 miles long, with a cumulative elevation change of roughly 9400 feet--the sum total of all the ups and downs. There will be some significant climbs, but also a long and tiring descent. In addition to Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge, there are several other lesser summits on this traverse, including Bald Peak and Blueberry Cobbles.

Photo: Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mountain emerging from the clouds, as seen from Bald Peak

Car Shuttle: Because this will be a point-to-point hike--beginning at one trailhead and ending at another--we will need to spot cars at each end of the hike.

Dogs: Normally my hikes are dog-friendly. However, the High Peaks present special challenges to many canine explorers. This hike is only recommended for stronger dogs with proven trail experience. Leashes are strongly encouraged.

Carpooling: I typically arrange carpools when possible from the Barneveld NY area (north of Utica).The nitty-gritty details of who rides with who can be worked out when we assemble at the meeting place.

Meeting Time & Place:This informationwill be communicated by email to those who RSVP "yes." Be sure that your Meetup email settings are set to receive messages from trip organizers.

Weather Conditions:Summer is coming to an end.Days will be getting cooler, and darkness is arriving a little earlier. Some foliage may be turning color, but this will be before the"peak" leaf-viewing period.

Risk Statement: While we never deliberately court dangerous situations, the exploration of wilderness areas implies a certain level of personal risk, such as being injured in a remote area. By participating in any Adirondack Wilderness Explorer outing, you assume responsibility for your own safety and well being.

What to Bring:

Backpack

Lunch & lots ofsnacks

Water--and lots of it!

Clothing for a variety of situations: shorts for the climb, something warm for the summits, something waterproof in case it rains, and something dry for the drive home.

Sturdy footwear

Sunscreen

Headlamp or flashlight in case we are not able to exit the woods as quickly as we expect

Weather Forecast (as of 9/14/2017):

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

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