Crossing a small beaver pond outlet on puncheon.
Snow was found along nearly the entire trail in any areas without southern exposure.
The trail continues a gradual ascent towards the summit, but is never too demanding. It is somewhat surprising that you ascend over 1700 feet and soon arrive at a white caretaker cabin.
Waited a little while in hopes of clearing skies but to no avail. Finally decided to turn back after about 15 minutes at the summit.
Driving back along Kelley Stand Road, I stopped by the beautiful Roaring Branch, which closely hugs the road much of the way.
Another warm December day. Great day out in the woods.