Rocky Peak Ridge

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Rocky Peak Ridge
Rocky Ridge Peak.JPG
Rocky Peak seen from Giant Mountain
Elevation 4,390 feet (1,338 meters)
Prominence 640 ft (195 m)[1]
Listing Adirondack High Peaks
Location Keene, New York, U.S.
Range Adirondacks
Coordinates 44°09′16″N 73°42′20″W / 44.15444°N 73.70556°W / 44.15444; -73.70556Coordinates: 44°09′16″N 73°42′20″W / 44.15444°N 73.70556°W / 44.15444; -73.70556
Topo map USGS Elizabethtown
Easiest route Hike

Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park of New York, USA. The name of the mountain is due to its geology, a rocky ridge to the east of the better known Giant Mountain. The long, bare ridge is unusual in the Adirondacks; it resulted from the last great forest fire in the region, in 1913.[2]

There are two trails leading to the top of the peak. One trail, leaving from the town of New Russia is about a ten mile round trip with few step rock scrambles along the way. The more commonly used trail splits from the giant mountain trail from about .1 miles below Giant's summit. The trail goes very steeply down for about .4 miles and hen goes gently uphill for .8 miles.

Rocky Peak Ridge views are commonly underestimated. Although the mountain lies in the shadow of Giant Mountain's cone-like summit, Rocky Peak Ridge gives completely unobstructed 360 degree views. The views of the Great Range, Dix Mountain Wilderness, Lake Champlain, and Vermont are spectacular and well worth the 1.2 mile hike from just below the summit of Giant.


  1. ^ Key col elevation between 1,140 and 1,150 m.
  2. ^ Goodwin, Tony, ed., Adirondack Trails, High Peaks Region, Lake George, New York: Adirondack Mountain Club, 2004. ISBN 1-931951-05-5

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