Cool but mostly sunny. Didn't want a long drive and we hadn't done this in sometime so decided to try it. Parts of the trail are difficult for Kelley ( and me) with lots of workarounds - blowdowns and eroded sections that are sometimes steep. If it was too hard on her we would turn around and she could enjoy the pond.
First stop the pond
The first part of the Blackcap section is in the worst shape
Once you reach some ledges the trail is in good shape from there. You also get a nice view
which is better than that from the summit
There is a nice trail that runs through woods on the ridge with some views
and we took that to where the trail turns down . From that point the trail gets a bit confusing and last time we ended up on the Cliff Trail which was horrible for Kelley so we just returned the way we had come.
and more of the trail down
some of which was not treacherous
Kelley found some water before we got down to the pond
Kelley was enthusiastic about this trail and was ahead much of the time but it was fairly rigorous and ended up being longer than I remembered - 2 1/2 hours - and she was slowing down near the end. That night she was a bit stiff and we will have an off day tomorrow.