Giant’s Nubble via Roaring Brook Falls

The steep hike to Giant’s Nubble includes an epic waterfall — top and bottom — as well as incredible views of the surrounding high peaks.

Hike Length: 4.0 miles (6.44 km)

Total Ascent: 1,800ft (549m)

Intensity: Difficult Adirondacks Hike

Route Type: Out-and-Back

Includes: Blazed Trail, Stream Crossing

Parent Giant Mountain

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view from Giant’s Nubble in the Adirondacks

Giant’s Washbowl seen from below The Nubble

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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.

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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.

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 are on the small side.

So arrive early, especially on busy weekends and summer days. (This is also an amazing spot for Fall Foliage season.)

Giant’s Nubble Hiking Trail

Start at the trailhead where there are some fairly rank portable toilets.

Head southeast, following the red blazes.

signposts in woods
Trailhead signs

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.

roaring brook falls trail junction

Continue left/uphill. The trail is steep and nubbly…

Roaring Brook Falls 3782 hiking trail

You’ll cross Roaring Brook itself not far from the top of the falls…

The top of Roaring Brook Falls has a grand view…

stream leading to top of falls
Roaring Brook Falls, upper

At this junction, start to follow the yellow trail blazes toward Giant’s Nubble and Wash Bowl

Trail signs in woods
Trail signs

The trail is a little rugged but there are no technical bits or scrambles…

Dirt trail on the way up to Giant’s Nubble
Rugged dirt trail

Continue to follow the yellow blazes.

When you get to this sign, pause…

Trail sign in woods for Giant’s Nubble
Signpost for Giant’s Nubble

Continue east for just 500 feet or so to get to the classic Giant Washbowl Overlook with The Dix Range in the background…

view from Giant’s Nubble in the Adirondacks
Giant’s Washbowl

Return to the sign for Nubble and head uphill.

Giant’s Nubble Summit & Views

The views from Giant’s Nubble are spectacular: Round Mountain, Noonmark Mountain, The Dix Range, and Giant Mountain — plus the Route 73 corridor and St Hubert’s below…

Make sure to climb up on the Nubble itself, and explore the many open angles from on top and below the open rocky summit.

View of Giant Mountain…

view from Giant’s Nubble in the Adirondacks
View of Giant Mountain from Giant’s Nubble

View of Round Mountain & Noonmark Mountain

view from Giant’s Nubble in the Adirondacks
View from Giant’s Nubble

View of Noonmark Mountain & The Great Range

view from Giant’s Nubble in the Adirondacks
View from Giant’s Nubble

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.

Similar Hikes

This is a fantastic scenic hike.

The short Adirondack hike to Big Crow also provides many excellent views, and is easier too. The short hike to Moxham Mountain also ends with an amazing valley view.

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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

Cell Service

None at trailhead. Very limited elsewhere. My network is Verizon. YMMV.