New Hampshire
Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, The Horn, NH
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked at the end of York Pond Road.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There are several water crossings on this route. All were manageable by walking on rocks or across logs. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are several trees down throughout this loop. The vegetation is closing in closely on the trail in long stretches. I recommend long pants due to the amount of contact with branches and leaves and other vegetation. The trail junctions are well signed, but there are no blazes. Okay, there are 2 blazes!; we saw 2 blazes in 11+ miles. Finally, many of the halved log bridges that are over marshy spots are very decayed and collapsing. All in all, these trails don't appear to see much maintenance but it is a beautiful hike. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We saw 2 happy dogs with their people.  
Bugs: It was a picture perfect day temperature wise, accompanied by low humidity and a light breeze the entire way, which helped to keep the bugs at bay. We didn't see too many black flies; it looks like we are moving into mosquito season now. There were also those pockets of no-see-'ems (gnats). 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We did the 11.2 mile loop up Cabot, over the Bulge and The Horn, to Unknown Pond, and back to the cars. There is a nice ledge view on the ascent to Cabot, but the sign is small and high and blends in with the tree trunk that it is tacked to, so it is easy to miss. Fortunately one of our group saw it. The ascent up Cabot is very moderate, with stretches of leveling out along the way. The summit rock at The Horn is the best sunbathing rock ever! Hit it in the afternoon when the rock is warm from the sun and you'll find it nearly impossible to muster the willpower to peel yourself off of it.  
Name: KLBS 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-06-15 
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