Wow was it windy on the western side!
Climbed the Meadow Spring Trail with my fiancee and her friend. The wind was really blowing hard at the top. It made scrambling to the USGS marker on the summit a bit more challenging that the previous time I came up here (March '04).
This climb was well worth the view. Even on a nice day like today -- 68-70 degrees -- the summit was not as crowded as I bet Old Rag was; about 10 - 12 people and 3-4 dogs at any time during my 45 minute visit. Fall colors were a bit past their peak, but spent time watching the falcons or hawks - - there was some debate among the watchers.
1,210 feet up to the summit in just under 2 miles. It took me about 35 minutes to get to the top, but another 10 to get the courage to hit the real summit which is a bit further in, and required some class 2 boulder negotiation. Alas, the USGS marker and much better views awaited me on the real summit.