I often walk to Russell Pond when I do not want to do a real hike but still want something more challenging than a walk along Rt. 175. The round trip (from the lower Tripoli Road gate) is about 8 miles, with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain.
Just before the height of land there is an outlook, with an unusual view of Thornton Gap with a very prominent ridge (I assume that it is Breadtray Ridge) on Mt. Osceola. I took my new camera with me today on my walk, and took a few pictures.
The blackberries are in bloom, it seems that we will have an excellent harvest come August!