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Steep-ish out-and-back with sweet side-hikes.
Giant’s Nubble is a dramatic Adirondack destination with amazing views of Giant’s Washbowl below and surrounding high peaks all around and above.
This route can include the short, easy side-hike to Roaring Brook Falls, either on the way in or on the way back out.
This route is considered a little challenging, and it does have some steep sections that will make you huff and puff.
Giant Mountain Trailhead & Parking
There are several lots for the popular Giant Mountain hikes that kick-off from Route 73. The parking area for this hike is the most westerly lot for Giant on Route 73, about 1.5 miles west of parking area for the classic Ridge Trail Route.
The lot is on the right side of the road (if driving west), right after the lot for the Ausable Club on the other side of the road. Both lots are close together on a bend, so keep an eye out.
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Note: Many of the classic road-side parking spots on Route 73 have been blocked off and, from May onwards, the AMR lot across the street requires a reservation. All of this puts additional pressure on the existing public lots — most of which, like the lot for this hike, are on the smaller side.
All of which is to say: arrive early, especially on busy weekends and summer days.
Giant’s Nubble Hiking Trail
Start at the trailhead where there are some fairly rank portable toilets.
Head southeast, following the red blazes.
This route passes the turn-off for the bottom of Roaring Brook Falls which is a fun side-trip you can do on the way in, or on your way out.
Continue left/uphill. The trail is steep and nubbly…
You’ll cross Roaring Brook itself not far from the top of the falls…
The top of Roaring Brook Falls has a grand view…
At this junction, start to follow the yellow trail blazes toward Giant’s Nubble and Wash Bowl
The trail is a little rugged but there are no technical bits or scrambles…
Continue to follow the yellow blazes.
When you get to this sign, pause…
Continue east for just 500 feet or so to get to the classic Giant Washbowl Overlook with The Dix Range in the background…
Return to the sign for Nubble and head uphill.
Giant’s Nubble Summit & Views
Make sure to climb up on the Nubble itself, and explore the many open angles from on top and below the open rocky summit.
Giant’s Nubble view of Giant Mountain…
Giant’s Nubble view of Round Mountain & Noonmark Mountain
Giant’s Nubble View of Noonmark Mountain & The Great Range
Lots of space up here to spread out and enjoy a picnic. Please Leave No Trace.
From the summit, head back down to the yellow Nubble sign, turn west/left, and return to Route 73 the way you came.
This is a fantastic scenic hike.
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The parent mountain for this hike is Giant Mountain.
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Trailhead Info for this Hike
Small-ish and very busy.
Google Maps Location: 44.150263, -73.767514
The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead
None at trailhead. Very limited elsewhere. My network is Verizon. YMMV.