First order of business, climb Bromley Mountain. The last half mile or so we were hiking up a ski run ( green circle, not so bad) to the warming hut at the top. We stopped there for a snack, talked to a guy who had spent the night there- it's available as a shelter for hikers.
The shelter at lunch had a nice sunny tenting platform where we all spread out wet gear (and clothes) (and boots) to dry in the sun. New faces on the trail- SOBOs (southbounders) and Long Trail hikers. We saw Mellow Johnny, back on the trail after zeroing for injuries. And Kokopelli, an older guy who is light and quick.
More flat, mellow walking after lunch, rock hopping and boardwalks to avoid mud. We walked along a gravel road for a quarter mile or so before turning up the trail across from a parking lot. The first mile or so after the turn was a gently inclined gravel path. I could get used to this!
Good thing I didn't.
After that first mile ( with a campsite at the end) it started getting rockier and steeper. I started getting more tired, stumbling and kicking rocks. But made it to Little Rock Pond Shelter without any more wet boots.
The shelter and campsite were lovely! Nice spacious bunks, a large area for cooking and eating, and the pond was gorgeous! (The water source, a slow spring, not so gorgeous) Since we arrived shortly before sunset, it was just a touch too chilly for swimming. But nice company and a good night's sleep.