Hiking Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge

Another beautiful weekend behind us. What fantastic weather we had this past weekend. Perfect for a hike, right? Of course. I made a last minute decision to head up North again to tackle a peak or two. Giant was on my list of hikes to do this year and I couldn’t wait to do it.

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My friend Brendan and I arrived at the trailhead at 7:30AM Saturday and took the Ridge Trail to Giant. The entire way was just a steep climb with few flat portions to catch your breath. I was struggling up the mountain, but took my time and took a few water breaks. We arrived at the Washbowl after about an hour of climbing. It was gorgeous.

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A quick stop for a photo, then back to climbing.

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There were many views on this trail once we got up high enough. There were a lot of open rock portions where we had a view from any angle. So amazing.

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Some tricky parts.

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Now we were above the Washbowl!

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I’m seriously so spoiled.

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Giant Mountain for Number 9.

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We had a snack or two on top of Giant at 10:15AM! We were thinking it was not even 10:30 and we had already climbed a mountain. What! Then it was on to the next, Rocky Peak!

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We saw the trail to Rocky from Giant was only 1.1 miles. Easy, right? Eh..

It was a lot of butt sliding down slippery wet rock. Going down the other side of Giant took longer than we thought–but going up Rocky Peak wasn’t bad at all. Finally, around 12:10 we hit our second summit of the day, Rocky Peak!

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And Rocky Peak makes 10.

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We sat around enjoying the warmth and had another snack. We stayed on top for about 30 minutes, preparing for the trip back down Rocky and back up Giant.

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When we hit the sign for Giant’s summit, we decided to go back on to the summit again just because. It was around 2:45. This time it was much more crowded! We stayed for a few minutes, then back down we went.

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Back at the Washbowl, about an hour of hiking left.

Going down is always harder, especially on my feet! My feet were getting tired at this point and I was getting anxious for some cold water. My water was warm and not very tasty after being in a bladder all day.

Finally at 4:10 we hit the trail register. Done. I had a bottle of Gatorade in the car that I was dreaming about the whole hike.

There were cars lined up and down the Route 73. It was a busy day in the high peaks for sure!

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Giant and Rocky Peak via the Ridge Trail

The Ridge Trail to Giant Summit: 3 mi
Ascent: 3050′
High Peak Rank: 12
Elevation: 4,626′

Rocky Peak Ridge from Giant: 1.3 mi, 2.6 mi RT
Ascent: 1400′ ascent
High Peak Rank: 20
Elevation: 4,390′

Total Distance:  8.6 miles RT
Time with stops: ~8 hrs

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