Only 185’ gain in first 0.5 miles. Lots of roots and fair stretch where you are walking on slab rocks. About 2-miles from TH, you encounter nice fall color with maples. No views until you reach the fire tower. On this day, heavy clouds which spoiled the pretty 360-degree views. Fire tower was welcomed site as wind was blowing pretty hard at top. Overall, a very nice fall color hike!