With the incompletion of the reconstruction at The Sinks, I felt it necessary to alter my hiking plans away from doing Meigs Creek. I still wanted to visit the Tremont area, but I didn't want to do any backtracking of trails. So I decided to begin at Curry Mountain Trail and cut across Meigs Mountain and on down Lumber Ridge Trail. Within the first mile there were numerous budding yellow trillium and bloodroots. As I got higher in elevation, I was afforded views through the bare trees of the surrounding ridges and valleys. Scattered everywhere were budding trees sporting pinks, reds, and oranges, as if it was the fall color season in reverse. I was impressed with how smooth the trail was the entire way up.
Shortly after turning onto the Meigs Mountain Trail, I took a side trail to unique cemetery. It was nestled on a raised hill in the woods, just off the ridge, overlooking the valley below but boxed in all around by higher ridgelines. It was obvious that whoever selected this location couldn't have picked a better spot. The remainder of my stint on this section of the hike was where the wildflowers were in their glory. Everywhere there were yellow violets, budding yellow and white trillium, bloodroot, rue anemone, wood anemone, and an occasional trout lily.
My descent of the Lumber Ridge Trail was greeted with a lot of trailing arbutus. The rest of the trail offered very spacious woodlands because of area's logging history and wide views of Thunderhead Mountain and the AT. Right before arriving at the GSMIT, there were several patches of longspurred violets and hairy buttercup. A fitting end to a great hike.