I arrived at the trailhead parking area just before 8 am.
I didn't see any wildlife, other than a few birds and several millipedes.
I slowly made my way further and further down the mountain.
The hike back up to the car went pretty quickly. Although it is a nearly 3,000 foot ascent, the trail ascends pretty gradually for the most part. Once back at the car I drove through the thick traffic on Newfound Gap Road and then the nightmare that is Gatlinburg. About an hour and a half later I was home with Noelle and Sierra.