I went hiking on the AT in NJ Delaware Water Gap. It was the first week in April and it flurried off and on most of the trip, low temps were in the 20's and highs were in the mid 40s. Above the grade on the ridges it got quite windy and with the wind chill during the day I would estimate that it was in the upper 20's. I didn't see any bears only signs that they were waking up. I have hiked this area many, many times but the rocks don't get any easier. I was wearing lightweight hiking boots and carrying ~40lbs using hiking poles and was very careful with my foot placement and still managed to beat up my feet..... Must have been the mileage. Here are the pictures.
Warning there are some graphic images, two wicked blisters, my purple feet, bear scat, and some rabbit remains.