We, a group of 4 folks, went on a cold sunny day to enjoy the early spring colors, the rock scramble and the views.
We arrived to the Old Rag parking area, paid the $20 fee and started to hike upward.
With an elevation gain of 2,400 feet (730m), the hike can be strenuous if you carry a heavy back pack – which fortunately was not the case.
The trail can also be slippery because of the ice.
We found needle ice formations on the trail, which grow when the temperature of the soil is above freezing, and the temperature of the air is below freezing, so water flowing below the soil’s surface is drawn up and freezes, and ice is formed in needle-like columns.