With most of the day free, I chose to do a moderate hike in the High Peaks area. Pitchoff Mountain is directly across from Cascade Mountain, but due to its slightly lower elevation(under 4000 feet) it receives far less foot traffic. You must be careful crossing sometimes busy Route 73 and arriving at the marked trailhead and a series of steps leading up into the woods.
After descending momentarily, you immediately begin climbing, very steeply this time.
The following photos were all from around the Balanced Rock area, where there are truly great views.
Although only 2.6 total miles RT, the hike was just what I needed. A good warm up to the winter season.