Giant's Nubble

  • Route 73, Keene Valley

Hike Features


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Enjoy a short hike to this rocky little knob, where there is an up-close view of Giant Mountain, plus many of the peaks in the Great Range.

Getting there

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. 

By the numbers

  • 1.5 miles, 1200 feet of elevation gain, one way. It takes most people a couple of hours to complete this hike
  • Elevation: 2,760 feet


The first mile follows the 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 the lookout point.


This is a great beginner shoe with a scenic payoff.