|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Unknown Pond Peak, NH|
||Kilkenny Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Mill Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, September 18, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Left a car at the Mill Brook Trailhead on York Pond Road the day prior. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Stream downhill from Rogers Ledge campsite is flowing great.
Kilback Pond and surrounding wetland areas were a bit tricky. The outlet for the first pond heading west along the Kilkenny Ridge Trail did not have fully reliable crossing, and we instead crossed our fingers on sticks in a few places. Bog bridges across final DEEP wetland area are good, keep your balance it is beyond hiking pole depth. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Recent race along Kilkenny Ridge Trail has proved helpful, but still even on this stretch quite a few still across the trail that are being herd pathed around. |
|Lost and Found:
||This is day two of a two day trip.|
We started off the day right, catching the brief sunrise between clouds on Rogers Ledge. We ate breakfast with the folks staying up there, and packed up just before the rain came. The descent down to the campsite is steep, but fine with care. There is NO bear box at the campsite, but running water is not far past the junction with Mill Brook trail. We decided to do our out and back to Unknown Pond and Peak by dropping our packs. Making use of one of our tents in the rain, we put what we didn’t need inside, and took off. Light winds, rain, and low clouds made us look harder for moose at Unknown Pond, but with no luck. On our way back to the Mill Brook junction we used past GPS tracks and a grown up herd path to sign into the canister for Unknown Pond Peak. The rain stopped and we enjoyed a snack while lingering in the gorgeous birch glades. Our descent was slippery, but we were wiser in our return on the wetland crossings. We packed up all our belongings and made our way to the car. Mill Brook trail has nothing of note, except a few busy spruce grouse making themselves known.
||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.