Mill Brook Trail starts from the main building of the Berlin Fish Hatchery on York Pond Rd. It runs for 3.8 miles before connecting with the KRT. Over the almost 4 miles you gain 1151'. But the elevation change is only 871' Somewhere you lose 280'. I always wondered where that goes. ;-) Anyway, the point is this is a long gradual climb through some of the prettiest, ever changing, woods I've seen yet. Following Cold Brook for 2/3's of the way. It starts out in tall pines.
Then a beautiful birch forest.
Then back to the soft woods. The photos don't do it justice.
I'm going to have to come back to this trail when everything is lush and green. I do love hiking in late fall when you can see for every through the woods but I want to see this trail when it's alive with colors. Shortly after turning right on the KRT you get a glimpse of Rogers Ledge. Well, when there's no leaves you do.
The KRT circles around to the north side where the final climb is fairly steep. Square Mtn. and what I believe is Greens Ledge can be seen through the trees.
Once on top, form the ledge, you get not quite a 180* view. But, it's spectacular. East towards the Mahoosucs.
S/SE towards the Presi's and Pinkham Notch.
SW towards the Pilots.
I was a bit disappointed I couldn't see Square Mtn. so I went on a little mission to see what could find. I did a short whack north of the summit and found a small exposed ledge that gave me this. I will be going there. :)
We spent close to an hour there, quite a treat. On the hike out it seemed like a mid-summers day. Simply gorgeous. We took our time enjoying the beauty of the Mill Brook Tr. once again. We stopped at the Moose check station once back at the Hatchery. I found it interesting but if you're anti-hunting you can skip those photos.
I read several hiking forums and don't remember ever reading a report on Rogers Ledge. I can't imagine why. This is a fantastic hike.