This past Sunday my wife and I made the short drive from Burlington over to the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks. Our objective was the summit of Giant Mountain which we approached by hiking the Zander Scott trail starting near Chapel Pond. The Zander Scott is probably the quickest way to the summit, though not necessarily easy. There are many open rock faces that when covered with wet leaves and mud make for some pretty slick hiking. Even then it’s not that terrible. The real issue is all of the other people jockeying for position. The real danger isn’t slipping… it’s getting taken out. One nice thing about those open rocky areas… they had great views of the surrounding mountains making for some spectacular hiking.
For the descent we opted to take the Roaring Brook Trail and then cut over, back to the car, via the Giant Washbowl Trail. This route was much less crowded and followed a slightly gentler route which made for a quick cruise down. However, much of our route was in the trees and we were not treated to nearly as many great vantage points as we were on the way up.
Overall, it was a great way to spend a fall day, and I’m really hoping to get back to do some additional hiking this fall before all of the color is gone and the snow arrives.