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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, NH
Trails
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Unknown Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at the York Pond Trailhead has space for about four cars, but there is plenty of dirt road to park in nearby. There is ample parking at Unknown Pond Trailhead which is about 100 yards away. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings were fairly minor and easy to cross. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blow downs on the trail that require you to go around or ... creep under. Nothing major. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs: No bugs. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: It's a long drive up from Boston. Thankfully the trail is pretty straight forward and not all that challenging compared to some others (I'm looking at you Madison). The first few miles are noted for their overgrowth and only minor elevation gain. Kilkenny Trail is decidedly more of an uphill slog (something we're all used to). The elevation breaks off at the Cabot Cabin which is fun to explore. The actual summit of Cabot is a little further up the trail. The sign for the summit and the "cairn" (aka the small pile of rocks) are about 50 yards apart. There was patches of thin ice on trails as it heads northwest towards the Bulge and the Horn. The final stretch from Unkown Pond back to the trailhead was a slow, uneventful and occasionally muddy. It also feels really long. My final observations about Cabot are that do NOT expect amazing views. There should have been some on the exposed boulders of the Horn, but the whole mountain was socked in with clouds. Thats about it in terms of views though. So ... another one crossed off the list. Carrigan (number 48) ... I'm coming for you.  
Name
Name: Warmsummersun 
E-Mail
E-Mail: robertcfinn at the hottest hotmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-10-09 
Link
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