More clouds than sun, 43 degrees, and windy to start but it got sunnier, the wind diminished and we ended at 54 degrees. There is a short trail that runs from one of the old roads straight up the mountain. Twice this winter we walked the roads looking for the trail head but did not find it. We had seen it's start at the summit ( but had never walked it) , so today we would go up the mountain on the usual trail and then take the short trail down and see where we came out. To save time ( we thought) we walked the roads to where the trail crosses and picked it up there.
This is from the SW Outlook part way up.
Continuing up the mountain we came to a large granite ledge from which we could see our goal in the distance.
Soon after we were walking down again and then back up, etc.
Looking back down as we near the top
At the top we stopped by the base of the old fire tower that is no more for an apple break.
The start of the trail we came to explore
As we started down it quickly turned into an old woods road and when it reached the road did not look like a trail, which explained why we had passed it by before.
As we were walking the road we came upon a patch of new growth- a most welcome sight
When we reached the road we had come in on we turned and picked up the part of the Frye Mtn. Trail we had skipped on our way up and took that back. This route was only about 25 minutes longer than the route we had followed earlier.
Turned out to be a very nice day in the woods even though the long sought trail was a bit of a disappointment. Kelley seemed to enjoy herself and on all but one section there was lots of water and she took advantage of it. 3 1/4 hours