I’ve heard of having a hole in one’s head, but a big hole in a trail head — now that’s something else! The colors are glorious, and it certainly is inviting. The kind of weather you’ve been describing would making hiking pure pleasure, and this looks like it would be a good one.
From the peak and where the look out is situated the topography drops abruptly over 500 feet into a canyon that is the head of a small creek that has high ridges all around, hence the name. It was a pretty hike.
Another gorgeous shot. Autumn is such a visually beautiful and distinct season in your part of the world, Terry. We have hot summers and cool to warm winters here in Brisbane. I have a Chinese Elm in my yard though which gives me a taste of a northern hemisphere autumn as it rains down golden leaves.
It is interesting to see what Autumn is like in different places. Out forests here have few broad leaved trees, so Fall color is mostly from the Larches and low growing brush, but in the towns there are a lot of imported maples, oaks, etc. and they have a beautiful variety of colors.