I keep thinking I should try a different route, a different side, a different place but really I like this one. It is a good circle, involves a decent amount of work and it isn't that far a drive. The view doesn't suck either. Funny thing about this section of the Skyline is that you start off by hiking away from the Great Blue Hill to start. The picture below is me looking back over my shoulder to where I am heading.
The circle ended up being about 2.8 miles and was wet and muddy in maybe 25% of my travels. Not too bad but I took it slow where it was wet and heavy with leaves. Don't really want to break my ass and be alone. Also I would say because it was a weekday I only saw about 4 people and 2 horses in the total time I was on the trails. No complaints from me.
The day was beautiful. Cool but bright sun which felt great.
There was also a field trip of friendly kids who wished me well when I headed back down the trail.
The Appalachian Mountain Club has this game called Red Lining the Blue Hills. I am considering it. The point is to get a map and trace every trail with a red marker as you complete it. I think the goal is to do this in a year but not required. They also meet every Thursday and do a section but obviously that isn't an option for me so I'd be tackling it myself.