|The view from Mt. Sterling Trail early in the morning|
Mt. Sterling Trail is a 2.7 mile hike with an elevation gain of about 2000 feet. Temps were in the upper 20s when we began the hike, but within the first half mile or so, we were shedding layers. By then I was hiking in only my cuddleduds long underwear shirt and a short-sleeved active wear top. My fleece lightweight hoodie and my favorite Mountain Hardwear soft-shelled jacket were tucked inside my pack and strapped on the outside, respectively. We were sweating with the elevation change, that's for sure!
One good thing about taking pictures as you hike is that is gives you a good excuse to stop on these intense climbs and catch your breath without having to own up to needing to stop to give you heart time to get out of your ears and back down into your chest. That was the case on this hike, but there were always great views to stop and try to capture in the camera.
|Mt. Sterling Fire Tower|
I had been told, and yes it is true, that the tower shakes a bit in the winds up there. But let me assure you, the views from the top are worth swallowing your fears and pressing on. My iPhone 5 camera is pretty good especially with the HDR setting engaged, but no camera can truly capture what you see from the top when you get the courage to look out.