|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Terrace Mountain, North Terrace Mountain, Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, NH|
||Road walk, York Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Mill Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, November 8, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Millbrook Trail parking which is at the end of the first right after the gate on the left side of a large garage. Parking lots at York Pond Trail as well as Unknown Pond Trail are closed, they are being used for the logging operations. Space for 8-10 cars. We were the only car I believe all day. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Mud - Significant |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossings on York Pond were rock hoppable or done on downed logs, there were some we had to go up or down a little to get a good spot. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of blowdowns on all trails. Kilkenny Ridge between Cabot and Unknown Pond especially. Could use some blazes everywhere on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. Not a lot blazes on the Millbrook trail either although footbed is fairly easy to follow even at night. |
|Lost and Found:
||This was redlining loop to get the Kilkenny at the Terraces, Cabot Spring and any and all spur trails as well as Millbrook. Early start at 7 AM on a cold and snowy day. It had snowed the previous night and continued to snow all day, conditions were tough, 6-8" of snow covering everything. Used microspikes all day to get traction on the semi-frozen ground below. York Pond Trail an easy walk to the Kilkenny Ridge Junction then past the old continuation of the York Pond Trail on the Kilkenny to Terrace Mountain South, easy to follow but multiple blowdowns slowed us down a little. Found the spur trail off the spur trail to the summit. A nice ridge walk over Middle Terrace and to North Terrace where we were surprised to find a sign marking the summit. |
Down from there to the Bunnell Notch Trail and nice walk to the intersection of the old Mt Cabot Trail on the left. Now the climb begins to Cabot, we stopped at the Cabin for lunch. Then to find the Cabot Spring, we found the small cairn and proceeded down a step herd path, we lost the path about a 1/4 way down and had to bushwhack sidehill to find it again. It was quite a drop over 200' in lees than a .2 mile.
Coming back up we summitted Cabot and did the 2 spur trails mentioned in the WMG. From there it was a roller coaster up to the Bulge and down to Unknown Pond, which is a really nice area. The snow covering made the going slower than we anticipated as we watched the sun set as traversed over to the Millbrook Trail which we reached at 5:00 PM after the sun set. Millbrook was not a bad trail to follow in the dark since you could see the depression of the footbed. No steep descents, but a gradual descent with along section of sidehill.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.