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Backpack - Kilkenny Range Traverse - 2.5 days

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Pam Wilmot 617 nine six two zero zero three four & Carrie Pshedesky 617 970 one zero seven six

Please note: this trip is also listed with the Appalachian Mountain Club and you will be required to sign an AMC waiver at the trailhead in order to participate.


Because of the nature of this trip all potential participants will be wait listed. The limit for this trip will be 10 people (including the participants that sign up through the AMC listing). Only sign-up if you have similar experiences and have been actively hiking in the past 2 months. Be prepared to answer what you have done by detailing mileage, elevation gain and time it took to complete the hike. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Please note: This trip is a cross post of an AMC trip and we would like you to register there as well. No membership or fee required of course. The url is:


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event. If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them.

Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself and others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.


What we're doing

The plan is to traverse the 24 mile long Kilkenny Ridge from the north to south. "The Kilkenny" is a wild and isolated part of the White Mountains, full of mystery and diverse wildlife and vegetation.

Our route includes ascents of the two northernmost 4,000 footers, Mt Waumbek (4006') and Mt Cabot (4170'), in addition to The Bulge (3950'), The Horn (3905'), Mt Weeks (3901) and South Weeks (3885), all four on the NE 100 Highest list. Two night’s camping starts at Rodgers Ledge (accessed from York Pond) with amazing views of the surrounding Kilkenny and Pilot ranges. We'll start with a 4 mile, 1,200 ft walk-in on Friday afternoon and travel approximately 10 miles with 3,200 ft of gain on Saturday and again on Sunday. We'll spend one night at an established tent site ($8 camping fee required per person) and another night backcountry camping.


Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~1.5 MPH) backpack trip we will hike about 24 miles and climb about 7,600 feet. It will take us two and a half days to complete this trip.

On Day #1 (Friday) We will meet at the end of our route to spot a car then drive to the Mill Brook Trailhead. We will hike about 4 miles on the Mill Brook Trail and climb about 1,200 feet to reach our first campsite at Rodger's Ledge on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. Rodgers Ledge has amazing views and we may eat dinner on top.

On Day #2 (Saturday) we will travel about 10 miles and climb about 3,200 feet from Rodgers Ledge to Willard Notch on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail after having summitted Mt Cabot (4170'), The Bulge (3950'), and The Horn (3905'). We will "cowboy" camp in the woods off of the York Pond Trail near the Garland Brook.

On Day #3 (Sunday) we will travel about 10 miles and climb about 3,200 feet over Mt Weeks (3901) and South Weeks (3885), Mt Waumbek (4006')and Mt Starr King.

This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).


Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation. Failure to bring the basics puts you and the rest of the group at risk. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions either refer to the list below or contact us.

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TENTS: This is not a car camping trip. We won’t have unlimited space to set up our tents. Unless you will be using a one-person bivy sack or a one-person hammock you will need to share a tent with someone. Please use the comment section for this event to coordinate this.

WATER PURIFICATION & STORAGE: We have filters and storage but may need participants to bring some as well. You'll need to bring a nalgene or other water bottle as well as your water bladder for drinking/cooking.

FOOD: We will have two options-- either bring your own food – you will need to carry it and cook it yourself. Or, you can share with a leader, just oatmeal and freeze dried dinner, for an additional "at cost" fee. Everyone will need to bring their own lunch and snacks, and eating utensils and containers. You will also need to bring a way to hang it (i.e. “Bear Bag”) or protect it (i.e. “Bear Canister”) unless you are sharing.

STOVE & FUEL: Bring your own if you are not sharing. Depending on group size we may need extra fuel/stoves.

We will finalize the details before the trip but be sure you have extra space in your backpack after you pack your gear. We will coordinate with everyone to make sure we have the necessary group gear and you will likely need to carry some of it.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone.


NOTE: This trip is cross listed with the AMC. You will need to sign the standard AMC liability waiver before we get on the trail. If you are not familiar with this document, you can preview it at

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are not permitted.



We will meet at 2:30 pm at the Starr King Trailhead to spot a car. This trail begins on Starr King Rd., a gravel road to several houses that leaves the north side of US 2 (trail sign) 0.2 mi. east of its junction with NH 115A.

According to Google this is 165 miles and 2 hrs 50 minutes from Boston.

We will the drive to the Mill Brook trailhead on York Pond Road in Berlin, NH. The Mill Brook Trail begins near the main building of the Berlin Fish Hatchery at the end of a spur road off York Pond Rd. (FR 9). York Pond Rd. leaves NH 110 7.4 mi. northwest of its beginning at NH 16 in Berlin. Mill Brook Trail begins near the main building of the Berlin Fish Hatchery at the end of a 0.2 mi. spur road off York Pond Rd. (FR 9); this road diverges right (north) 0.2 mi. west of the hatchery gate at a trail sign. Parking is available to the left of the hatchery building, where there is another trail sign.

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While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. We will also loop you in via email with the AMC participants. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.


Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.


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