Frank and I drove up to handicapped parking area and walked to summit. New tower only went up one story, but Frank enjoyed conversations there while I poked around. A wedding party was having photo session while we were there.
Route up/down: Summit road to parking area, path to summit
Nearly hit a deer driving down the Taconic Parkway enroute to the trailhead.
Met one AT through hiker, saw another man with no gear, checking out the signs. There was no car or other vehicle nearby, rather puzzling.
Nice weather and views.
Route up: AT From Long Hill Road
Route down: AT down to Long Hill Road
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