|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Rogers Ledge, NH|
||Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Devils Hopyard Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, September 17, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Gate at South Pond entrance was not open. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easily manageable rock hops |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Recent Kilkenny Ridge Trail race has helped remove blowdowns and creeping brush...but still a few blowdowns linger. |
||One very beautiful, lovey and well behaved dog at the summit. |
|Lost and Found:
||This is day one of a two day trip report.|
We started our trip later in the afternoon, about 3:00. After dropping a car at the Mill Brook trailhead on York Pond Road we arrived to South Pond to find the gate locked. This adds one mile to the ascent of Rogers Ledge. There have been mixed reports in the past years on NETC, and even recent posts on All Trails were spotty for whether the gate was open or not. The trail all the way up to Rogers Ledge was in good shape, save for a few patches where the recent rain and race has beat the trail up pretty badly. We made a side trip on the Devils Hopyard spur on our way up, and found that to be very interesting! Loved the gurgling of water underneath the rocks, and we were in awe of the rock walls. There is one smaller pine stuck across the trail here, and seems to dissuade folks from continuing on to the best part and also the “End of Trail” sign. Footing is good until just past the two log bridge, then gets rocky and care is necessary.
We managed to make it to the summit and set ourselves up for the night with time to catch the sunset. Stellar! We met two other hikers up there separately, and we all enjoyed dinner and dog snuggles on the ledge watching the colors change. Recent weather made skies clear enough to show the stars post sunset.
||bria, danielle |
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.