|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||The Horn, Unknown Pond Peak, Unknown Pond Peak - Northwest Peak, NH|
||Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, bushwhacks |
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 9, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I parked at the very end of Mill Brook Rd. in Stark, where it was People Parking Poorly. Three vehicles took up 5 spots. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||These trails are in great shape overall. Not much in the way of erosion due to not getting the full impact of White Mtns. hikers. One blowdown on UPT if I recall. UPT is not blazed. KRT has old faded yellow blazes. |
|Lost and Found:
||A gorgeous day to be in the Kilkenny! People were out but I would never have called it crowded -- seemed like a typical weekend day. Saw maybe a couple dozen people all day, mostly on and around The Horn.|
Trails were mainly dry. There are some plentiful mud pits but also also plentiful stepping stones. Still great foliage color looking over to the Pilot Range, the slopes of which are bright red/orange. The birch grove section of UPT is also really pretty right now. Views from The Horn were good, but hazy. Reminded me of summer humidity air.
On the way back I did the short bushwhack to Unknown Pond Peak, which I'd last visited in 2017. As before, this started with an easy whack that you can pretty much do by eyeballing the terrain but I quickly picked up the herd path near the top which leads right to the canister. I also paid a visit to the "northwest peak" on the opposite side of Kilkenny Ridge Trail. Wow.
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.