Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Unknown Pond Peak, NH
Trails: Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Mill Brook Road from Stark is open and in good shape. Room for a couple of cars just across bridge from trailhead. More parking a bit farther up road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Note I approached from the north--Mill Brook Road. I threw/flicked/kicked a bunch of branches and smaller stuff off the trail and unclogged a couple of waterbars. About a dozen smallish blowdowns remain on UPT. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Would be a good hike for dogs. There are a lot of moose in this area, however! 
Bugs: None yet, but perhaps today's mid 80s temps are waking them up in the North Country. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Checked out Unknown Pond campsite. Seems some folks can carry their gear up but have a hard time packing it out. I brought down about 10 lbs. of it which was about all I had the capacity to carry with my little pack. There is more left up there, including a camp stool, tent poles, and a heavy blow-up mattress which might also be useful as a flotation device on the pond??!! It's in the privy... which has a broken toilet seat. 
Comments: My intent was to do Cabot, Bulge, and Horn via my favorite trailed route--the north end of Unknown Pond Trail from Mill Brook Road in Stark.

Encountered first patches of snow just below the pond and decided on a whim that I didn't feel like dealing with rotten snow so opted for UPP instead. Have done this NH 100 highest peak 2 or 3 times before but not since last century. :D. It is a very open and easy, the top of which is beautiful and extensive birch forest. Lots of moose droppings but no sightings today.

There were peepers singing in Unknown Pond, and Mill Brook was very pretty. Trout lilies, purple and painted trillium, and hobblebush in bloom. Had the trail to myself today!  
Name: Snowflea 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-05-17 
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