I am still on my running break and I am getting to hike places I want to revisit. I was here two years ago and loved it. I have not had a chance to get back till now. I wanted to do the East Trail because I missed it the last time. The trail also has two landmarks that the park features. I wanted to see Monkey Rock and the Grotto. Plus I love the view from the top of the park and the waterfalls. The park offers a view of the Milky Way due to the dark sky and lack of light pollution. I wanted to get a view of the Milky Way and I did but no pictures. I tried to get a few but phone cameras are not meant for this type of photography.
The day was very hot but not as humid as it has been lately. I got a good 5 plus miles with over 1200 feet of elevation change. It was a midday midweek hike so not many people on the trail. I saw most of the people in the first and last mile. I was lucky that nobody was up on top of mountain. The views were awesome like last time but greener. The rain has kept the trees greener for a longer time. The hike was just as difficult as last time even though I went counter clockwise this time. Monkey RockThe GrottoAlmost to the topMade it to the topMust have pictureBest picture of the dayWaterfall
I had a really good time and I still need to do the West trail.