The day started cold but clear with a nice hike up to the old foundation with a beautiful view of Lake Elmore.

We stopped for pictures and snacks before starting the steeper climb up to the fire tower. Everyone climbed to the top of the tower for a spectacular 360-degree view of just past-peak foliage. Lunch was on a sunny rock until the sun disappeared behind the clouds for the hike back down.

We regrouped at the trailhead for a leisurely walk back to the lower parking lot, taking our time to socialize and get to know each other better.

Participants: Miguel Bosse, Joanne Mellin, Mariana Matrajt, Dot Myer, Megan Daly trip leader.