Skiing Pisgah – The Kilburn Pond Loop

This past February, Carol and I decided to ski the Kilburn Pond loop trail in Pisgah State Park.  Snow conditions were terrific everywhere in the state so the only thing we had to do was pick and choose where to go – not always an easy task.  We had never tried this trail before.

Kilburn Pond

Kilburn Pond

Although the Pisgah Ridge loop trail is a great summertime hike, we found the Kilburn Pond loop to be a great choice for this time of year.  It’s a gentle loop of a little over 6 miles.  Both are shown here in magenta and both are accessed from the parking area at the end of Kilburn Road.Pisgah Trail Map

We didn’t actually follow the trail as it skirts the pond but instead chose to ski easily on the pond itself to the dam at its southern end.IMG_0145

Kilburn Pond - Pisgah State Park

Kilburn Pond – Pisgah State Park

This gave some beautiful views of the surrounding countryside of gentle glacier-smoothed hills.  It must be wonderful on a sunnier day than this.IMG_0146 IMG_0147It’s clear that humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy this pond even in the dead of winter as these fresh otter(?) tracks prove.

From the pond south, the trail goes gently downhill until it crosses Kilburn Brook and heads back north on the eastern side.  This trail is a little more rugged than that on the western side so doing the trail in a counter-clockwise direction was the better choice.IMG_0149This tree bark pattern was interesting enough to take a photo.  Otherwise, the forest was pretty dark for much of the way, with thick, tall, hemlock forests dominating.  All in all, it was an excellent ski and apparently a popular snowshoe trail as well.  Happy travels!

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