GREAT LEAF COLOR +
GREAT WEATHER +
WEEKEND DAY = HUGE CROWDS
EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA
NEW PRIVY AT OLD RAG SHELTER
PICTURES ON FUTURE BLOG POST!
Old Rag from the road before the lower lot if you had a telescope you could see the crowds streaming up the trail.
NO PETS ALLOWED TM APPLIED FOR
This title may be used for a future electronic game in which hapless Keystone Cop like volunteers are pitted against supremely wily, passionate and resourceful pet owners.
Gotta love em!
A couple of hiking groups headed up the road to the trail head.
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." —George Burns.
Most groups enjoy a refreshing pause at the spot shown in the next picture.
There is no camping allowed between this spot on the Ridge Trail at about 2,400 feet and Byrd's Nest Shelter at about 2,800 feet on the Saddle Trail.
Old Rag contains some very fragile micro-habitats. Old Rag is like an island in the sky. Many plants located here do not exist again until you get hundreds of miles from Old Rag. Like remote islands there are even species and or sub-species that are unique just to Old Rag's micro-habitat. Once destroyed there is no way for them to be re-established.
Steward Ben during one of our frequent life is good moments.
Looking across Weakley Hollow towards Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail.
Lots and lots of hikers enjoying the day.
The next picture was taken while waiting in a line which stretched a tenth of a mile to the Chute, 528.6 linear feet, 120 vertical feet, about six stories and two city blocks or from R28 to R31.