From the parking area, there are several trail options. At the far end of the lot is the start of the pond loop trail, which immediately drops you down to a clearing and pavilion area at the edge of Jon's Pond. This is the trail I chose today.
After leaving the pond's shores, you head into the woods and start a slow but steady climb. The wintry woods are so quiet and peaceful this time of year as the sun shines brightly through the cold, bare trees.
The final ascent.
The final few steps up to the summit area of the unnamed peak offering glimpses of the views to be had.
Distant views are spectacular on a clear day such as this. Albany's skyline is clearly visible, some 25 miles away.
Looking back at the rocky outcrop of the summit area.
It was a beautiful walk in the cold woods, as the sun shined brightly.
Hiked a total of about one and a half miles today in the bitterly cold wind chills. This area is a beautiful slice of rural heaven. Excited that days are slowly getting longer, with sunsets creeping closer and closer to 5 O'Clock.