Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

Giant's Nubble

  • Route 73
    Keene Valley

Hike Features

Summit

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, continue straight at the trail junction — right 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