Climbed with Peak of the Ridges and Traveler via the Center Ridge Trail from South Branch. The final summit in a magnificent circut hike. With almost half of the trail at or above treeline, this has to be one of the most scenic hikes in New England. A hidden gem of a hike indeed.
Intercepted my party who got an earlier start and did the full Traveler circuit.
Fantastic views on a perfect weather day - not quite peak foliage yet but still spectacular.
While eating dinner in camp, got a visit from the ranger who wasn't happy that I'd forgotten to sign out after my climb - the register is by the dock and ranger station, but the trailhead is further east, and we'd gone directly to our campsite without passing the register on the way out.
"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