A day with a number of surprises. For example, it was the first time we have seen a hiking trail that had loops off of it and back on for bicycles. A shared trail, with some sections for one activity or the other.
Surprised by "shred shrack" just below fire tower, which had numerous interesting paintings inside and out. Perhaps the shed had been a fire observer's cabin at one time, but it has been greatly altered?
Fine views from the tower.
Only bad part of the trip was that Frank fell backwards and abraded his arm. I was right behind him and managed to protect his head from banging hard on the ground/rock.
We two old folks took two hours for 1.5 miles, rated as doable in one hour for average hiker. This was NOT one of the big surprises of the day.
Route up/down: Gile Mtn Trail
Steep, but very short. Enjoyed views from the end of the trail, then walked up into the woods to the true summit with its moonshiners' flagpole. Saw first of the season balck-eyed susans and all the tree varieties that Frank identified.
Joan stopped short of the summit, descended to the bench near the trailhead, but we enjoyed the one at the top end of the trail.
Route up/down: Summit Trail