The first mile follows the Zander Scott Ridge Trail toward Giant Mountain's summit. After a stiff climb, the path passes a nice view of the Chapel Pond slab — it's a lovely spot for a breather. After the view, a short straightaway ends at Giant's Washbowl, a small pond where the cliffs of the Nubble rise from the opposite shore. Follow the trail to the right and cross the outlet of the Washbowl on a wooden bridge. After a brief climb and a stream crossing, turn left at the trail junction — straight continues to the summit — and complete the final half-mile climb to this rocky little knob, where there is an up-close view of Giant Mountain, plus many of the peaks in the Great Range.
Trailhead: From Keene Valley, follow Route 73 west for 4.8 miles. Park in the Chapel Pond parking area, on the right. The trailhead is across the road.
Distance: 1.5 miles one way. It takes most people a couple of hours to complete this hike.
Elevation: 2,760 feet