Winter showed all its advantages on the Arkaquah Trail as we enjoyed cool sunny weather and breathtaking ridgeline views. Our happy group found several hikers likewise enjoying the trail, but we had the majority of the trek from Trackrock Gap to ourselves. A good samaritan had installed high quality climbing ropes which made one scramble easier and safer. Given the holiday and the beautiful weather we found Brasstown Bald well populated with people taking the easy way up. All in all an excellent day outdoors.