|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Rogers Ledge, NH|
||Kilkenny Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 3, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||South Pond Recreation Area opened at 10am (check hours online). Large parking lot was mostly empty, with maybe 10 cars when we arrived and fewer when we left. Day use fee right now is $7 and is NOT covered by the WMNF recreation pass. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||After heavy rain last weekend and earlier in this week, the last stream crossing- maybe 3 miles from the South Pond trailhead- required 20 feet of bushwhacking upstream to reach a narrow place to cross. This stream crossing is not mentioned in my copy of the AMC Guide, perhaps it runs really low or dry most of the time. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||As mentioned in earlier reports, brush is taking over the trail in some places, and there are a few spruce traps springing up on the trail. Someone took care of the blowdowns, thank you! |
||Mosquitoes were out in force, especially near South Pond. Regretted forgetting to bring my head net, would have used it. Fortunately, a slight breeze kept the most of the bugs away at Rogers Ledge. |
|Lost and Found:
||The only other people we saw during this hike were families on the beach at South Pond.|
This is often described as an easy hike. The first two miles are a walk along the pond, then a very easy hike through the woods. Around two miles in, the trail starts to get more interesting, with larger stream crossings, larger wet/muddy stretches, a few short rocky stretches, and a few spruce traps before the brief, moderate ascent to Rogers Ledge. The view from Rogers Ledge is amazing!
The trail is not well-blazed but easy to follow. At one of the wide but very shallow streams- almost looks like a big wet area, the stream is that spread out- there was some crumbling tree debris in the trail. It looks like some people have had trouble following the trail there, have maybe started a herd path to the left. Look for the worn foot bed and rocks without moss to cross the water and stay on track.
||Places We Go |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.