This is the wilderness I was about to walk into.
I started on the Gorge Brook Trail just after 9:00 am and made my way up the mountain. I did some super serious hiking, my friends. I was hualin' ass and it wasn't pretty at times and there wasn't a soul around for most of my hike up so it seemed that I had the mountain to myself.
After about an hour and a half, three 20 something guys were coming down the trail and they told me I had about a half hour to go. The clouds were getting thicker but the tree cover was thinning out and it made for a nice change.
Then the tree line ended and it was just a short hike to the top. I took a half hour up top for lunch and photos and then made my way back down. As I was going down, it started to rain a bit. Also, going down takes longer than one would think. It took me 2:00 to get up and 1:40 to get down.