The hubby and I got up the next morning and decided to head to Old Rag Mountain, a popular hiking destination (more popular than we would have thought, but more on that later). Before we headed to the trailhead, we stopped by the visitor's center briefly. There were these amazing trees with fall colors.
We stopped at a few overlooks on our way through the park to see the fall colors.
We finally made our way to the Old Rag parking area around 10 am, and it was packed!!! The lady who lived on the farm next to the area had opened up one of her fields and was charging $10 a car to park there. Luckily, we got a spot where we didn't have to pay. The hubby and I were in disbelief as to the number of people there. We knew this was not going to be a quiet, secluded hike.
|We headed up the Weakly Hollow Trail towards the summit of Old Rag|
|Looking into the surrounding forest|
|Most of the trees had golden fall colors|
|Lots of neat large boulders|
|Pretty red leaves|
|Only a few trees had red and orange leaves|
|I think these leaves were my favorite. I love the pink/orange.|
|Going along the trail|
|Leaves in the process of changing color|
|Flowers growing on a boulder|
|Loved all the lichen that was covering this boulder|
|Hubby taking a short rest|
|Looking down into a valley filled with yellow leaved trees|
|Loved the amazing views|
|My hubby :)|
So, this is the part of the trail where it started to get crowded. As you get closer towards the summit, there are more boulders to scramble over, under, and in between. In some spots there is only room for one person at a time. Multiply that situation by the 100+ people on the trail, and you get a back up. A major back up. We seriously had to wait in line for at least an hour to reach the summit. Never in my life have I had to wait to hike a trail!! I guess that is what we get for going when it is peak color in the park.
|It's hard to see, but there are people on those boulders|
|The views made the waiting in line worth it|
|Finally, the summit!!|
The hike after the summit winds back down the mountain to a nice long trek on a fire road, which is needed after the strenuous hike up.
|Walking on the fire road|
|Stream that runs near the fire road|
|Another colorful red tree|
|Besides a crow, this is the only other animal we saw all day|