Avg: 3.6 from 18 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1300 ft, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Devin McPhillips on Apr 5, 2010|
DescriptionThis is an excellent, airy route up to the summit of Giant Mountain. Around 1000 vertical feet of slab climbing on the scenic west face. Rather than hiking through the trees, smear up (generally) clean anorthosite and take in the views. This a short day hike relative to other ADK 46ers. The most dangerous part is scrambling up the colluvium in the stream headwaters--watch out for falling rocks.
LocationPOST HURRICANE IRENE, the stream has changed substantially. Landslides and woody debris clog the stream bed in several places on the approach. The tributary that leads to Finger Slide is now much more prominent (if in doubt, take the left tributary). The slide itself is clean.
Follow Roaring Brook Trail from road for about 2 mi. Drop left into the into the stream bed at a cairn as the trail ascends the ridge. Bushwhack along the stream for about 1 mi, then scramble up loose sediment to the start of the slide (see Adirondack Rock, by Lawyer and Haas).