I often tell people that the White Mountains are a rain forest to explain the sheer density of trees and vegetation that you find in the forests here. That is certainly the case along the Kilkenny Ridge Trail where the trees are covered in moss and lichen giving the forest a prehistoric feel or one out of a witches story.
The Kilkenny Ridge Trail traverses some of the wildest and most remote scenery in the White Mountains and provides an extended 27 mile route (7,350 feet elevation gain) for backpackers who want to get off the beaten path. Trail maintenance is less frequent here than in the south and the trail is often blocked by blow downs or obscured by (wet) ferns, hobble bush, and spruce saplings, giving the place a very wild feel.
Bearded trees, their branches and trunks festooned with moss and fungus, line the ridgeline, battered by wind and storms. Shrouded in mist, there is scant evidence of human presence or intention.