This photograph was created from the Ausable Club club property looking east toward Giant Mountain. It was a beautiful fall day (as you can tell by the foliage) in early October. This is one of my favorite photographs of the Adirondacks.
Giant Mountain can be approached from almost every direction. However, my recommendation would be to make a loop, starting on the Roaring Brook Trail (with a side-trip to Roaring Brook Falls), and returning via Lake Mary Louise, Rocky Peak Ridge, Blueberry Cobble, the Giant's Nubble, and the Giant's Washbowl. This is a very strenuous trip but well worth it, especially in the fall. In late summer there are lots of wild blueberries to snack on. Also, unless you spot a car at each trailhead, there will be about 3 miles of road walking at the end of the hike to get back to your car.
For the Shutterbugs:
This photograph was created with my Hasselblad 500CM, 150 mm lens , Bogen 3021 tripod with ballhead: f16 for 1/15s. Film - Fuji Velvia, ISO 50.