Started too late in the day so we turned around a mile shy of the knob. Will go back to train for future backpacking trip coming up.
Hiked the short version of the trail by returning to Meneka peak trail along the ridge. Trail was easy to follow, no one else was on the trail. Saw a timber rattler and two copperheads but no other interesting wildlife probably due to the pace, only stopped for a few picture/water breaks, started at 6p after work and was back to the car at 10p.
We hiked the loop but didn't go out to Signal Knob. Will have to go back again!