Giant Steps

New Russia, New York 12964

Giant Steps

Giant Steps Professional Review and Guide

"Often vaunted as one of the best walks in the Adirondacks, this tough but rewarding ridge walk passes through open high country where the 360-degree views follow one after another in a way that quickly spoils Mid-Atlantic hikers. Walked in autumn, when the mountains a riot of fall color, this hike could compete with the best of the best. Of particular note are the views from Giant Mountain and Rocky Ridge Peak.

The Giant Mountain Wilderness Area is distinct from the more restrictive. Eastern High Peaks Zone, so the rules are a little different. Using bear canisters is not required, but it is encouraged. You should limit group sizes to eight and camp only in designated areas. Campfires are allowed, but do take care. Mary Louise Pond (5.4/3,924/44° 09.323' N, 73° 41.783' W). At just under 4,000 feet, this designated campsite is one of the highest and one of the best in the High Peaks Region."

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Trail Information

New Russia
Nearby City
9.9 miles one-way
5,555 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
2-3 days
New York Department of Environmental Conservation at, the website of the Adirondacks Mountain Club at, and the forums at In the event of an emergency, call the Department of Environmental Conservation’s 24-hour hotline at 518-891-0235
Local Contacts
USGS Quad: Elizabethtown
Local Maps

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Jul 2018