Near Dragon's Tooth
Gail looks across the valley from near Dragon's Tooth, and beyond to Peaks of Otter (the twins there framed on the horizon amid the tangle of branches).
We "celebrated" the arrival of Daylight Savings Time (except of course in the morning, when it is Daylight Destroying Time) with an evening climb up to the formation. Celebration included even more irresponsible food than usual--Cheetos and roast beef sammiches--as well as racing the darkness back down the mountain.
In between, we caught up to/got passed by/crossed any number of hikers of all descriptions; families, couples, thin people, heavy people, people of many different ancestries; and many pausing to breathe hard and ask how much farther it was to the top.
Well, in fairness to The Greatest Day Hiker's prowess, we got passed by just one set of four people, and we overtook 'em pretty quickly once they got to breathing hard.
The view up top was clear-day good, with the Peaks of Otter sharply visible.
Dragon's Tooth Trail to Appalachian Trail south to Dragon's Tooth and back. 4.6 miles.
How to get there: Va. 311 west from Salem to small parking lot on the left.c