We met at the Richmond Park and Ride at 8:30 and took one car to the Burrows Trail parking area in Huntington, which was already full, with cars starting to park on the side of the road. As we started up the trail at 9:10 it was overcast and warm for an early October morning, but just cool enough for some of us to start with long sleeve shirts.
We took the link over to Forest City Trail, paused to look at the gorge under the bridge, and quickly delayered to short sleeve shirts as we headed up Forest City. We reached the Long Trail junction around 10:40, made a brief stop at Montclair Glen Lodge, and then took the short bit of Long Trail south to the Allis trail, where we met and gave directions to some hikers who’d come up the Dean Trail and were trying to reach the Camels Hump summit, but made a wrong turn. From the Dean / Allis / Long Trail junction we started up the Long Trail north.
The fall colors were abundant but a bit muted with the overcast. Fortunately the cloud deck was high enough not to interfere with the views. It cooled and the wind picked up as we climbed, so we added layers just before the last little climb to the summit.
We saw very few people until we reached the summit around noon, where we had lunch, but we encountered a lot more people at the summit and along the descent on Burrows Trail. We got back to the car around 1:40.
Participants: Jill George, Peter Hewitt, David Hathaway (leader). Photos: David & Peter.