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    I was up there a few weeks ago, and the tentsite at Roger's Ledge had tape up and a note that it was closed, however the privy was open and it looked like someone had camped there recently. Doubt there is any enforcement. Unfortunately, as Peakbagger said, ticks are a problem in this area, and I would use precautions. I live on the Milan side of the Kilkenny Ridge and a neighbor was just diagnosed with Lyme. Until now, I would not have believed that it was here, but now I would not discount it.

    The Horn and Roger's Ledge are not to be missed if you are using Unknown Pond as a base.

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    Thanks. Our dog is on Bravecto which is a great flee and tick killer, but will keep my eyes open for her and my own protection. Will definitely be checking out the Horn and Ledge. If my gimpy knee allows it we will probably give Cabot a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbi99 View Post
    Looking at the Google Satellite overhead for Mill Brook trail head, the parking spot looks like it only may fit two cars. Is the parking spot just past the turn also used for the trail? Also, parking is on the left, trail head is across the street on the right? If those two spots are filled, do I have a third option, like at the end of the road near that large clearing?
    If they waited 10 more days before taking this image, they would have got a bunch of us tailgating in that big lot. Bummer!

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    Coming to Unknown via Mill Brook I know the trail can be overgrown in spots. Deciding between shorts or pants, are there many prickers? I know I have been asking a lot of questions, but never having been anywhere near the Whites, I don't know how the area compares to the Adirondacks. When discussing the overgrowth along the trail, does it get difficult to determine the trail? I have multiple sources of map information I will have on me. Is there satellite reception? Backpacked into the Grace Peak area of the Adirondacks last year and had absolutely no reception of any kind due to the deep ravine I was hiking through. Seeing how Unknown is at 3100', maybe that isn't a problem here? Also, hiking up to Cabot from Unknown, are there water sources available for my dog? No problem carrying water for her (actually she'd be caring her own damn water!!!), but if I can lighten her pack a little I would. I hope I am not sounding like I need someone to hold my hand, so if it does, I apologize!!! It's just that at my age (69) and a gimpy right knee, the 1400' climb to the pond will be a little taxing for me. That I am prepared for, including an early start, and I can handle anything the trail wants to throw at me, but it is helpful if I knew what that was beforehand!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbi99 View Post
    Coming to Unknown via Mill Brook I know the trail can be overgrown in spots. Deciding between shorts or pants, are there many prickers? I know I have been asking a lot of questions, but never having been anywhere near the Whites, I don't know how the area compares to the Adirondacks. When discussing the overgrowth along the trail, does it get difficult to determine the trail? I have multiple sources of map information I will have on me. Is there satellite reception? Backpacked into the Grace Peak area of the Adirondacks last year and had absolutely no reception of any kind due to the deep ravine I was hiking through. Seeing how Unknown is at 3100', maybe that isn't a problem here? Also, hiking up to Cabot from Unknown, are there water sources available for my dog? No problem carrying water for her (actually she'd be caring her own damn water!!!), but if I can lighten her pack a little I would. I hope I am not sounding like I need someone to hold my hand, so if it does, I apologize!!! It's just that at my age (69) and a gimpy right knee, the 1400' climb to the pond will be a little taxing for me. That I am prepared for, including an early start, and I can handle anything the trail wants to throw at me, but it is helpful if I knew what that was beforehand!!!
    I always wear long pants, mostly because of ticks, but if you like to hike in shorts, I would not say this trail is a problem. It does want for a little wear, but it is not hard to follow at all and was not that overgrown a few weeks ago. I had cell service on Rogers Ledge. GPS probably worked everywhere, but I don't think I actually looked.

    If you go slow, and you have plenty of time, you will be fine. The only scrambly parts are approaching Roger's Ledge and the Horn. The rest is pretty forgiving. I am only 60 but I am the slowest of slow hikers. I find this an easy day hike.
    Last edited by Hachi; 08-11-2020 at 08:39 PM. Reason: grammer

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    I'm giving myself plenty of time. I know climbing 1400' with my pack will be tiring, but only needing to go 2 1/2 miles to get to my tent site won't be a problem. My biggest problem was getting a room my first day from Cleveland. Once our governor allowed face masks to be voluntary, it all went to hell. I had a perfect first night motel just this side of NH in VT, but now I can't stay there because I have to quarantine. Seems simple enough, just head into NH a little and get a room there. Way more expensive, and if not expensive, sounds like very few are clean. Originally I was going to drive 10 hrs, get the room and then drive 2 1/2 hrs the next day to the trail head. Looks like I have to drive 11 hours now. I still don't know what I'm doing when I come out. Had another room reserved for two nights - except it's in VT also. Not blaming VT, blaming our idiot governor for thinking most people would voluntarily wear a mask.

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