Giant Mountain Wilderness Area

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<!-- The following few lines create the "Infobox" table template. Please scroll down to edit the main content of the article. --><!-- End Infobox template table -->The Giant Mountain Wilderness Area, an Adirondack Park unit of New York's Forest Preserve, lies in Essex County, New York, in the towns of Elizabethtown and Keene. It is roughly bounded by NY 9N on the north, NY 73 on the west and south and US 9 on the east. It includes two bodies of water covering 5 acres (2 ha), 12.5 miles (20 km) of trails, and a single lean-to.


The Giant Mountain Wilderness Area topography is steep and rocky with a considerable number of vertical or near vertical cliffs. Repeated landslides have occurred on the west side of Giant, exposing bare rock. Numerous small brooks cascade from the upper slopes. The tops of the higher mountains are bare rock but aspen, white birch, balsam and spruce are slowly filling in the upper slopes.

From the eastern boundary of Route 9 several miles south of Elizabethtown to the top of Giant Mountain represents a horizontal distance of about six miles (9.6 km), with an elevation change of nearly 4,000 feet (1,219 m), the greatest elevation change per horizontal mile over that distance of any Adirondack Park wilderness area.


During 1903 one of the major forest fires of the Adirondacks swept over the greater part of this area, burning the topsoil down to bare rock and leaving the two dominant mountains of this area, Giant...
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