thing that I recall about this section of the AT when I was a kid (I hiked it in 1973!) was that the hike to the summit was a bit steep from the direction we took. Plus, it was there that I realized how fragile the AT was. As we began to climb the mountain, there was a logging operation going on just yards away from the AT corridor. There were bulldozers, tractors, chain saws, workers. It was pretty horrible.
Since those days they've increased the protected corridor a little, but not enough.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe