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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 11, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the somewhat new trailhead for York Pond Trail. The lot is smaller than the old one I believe but also easier to get out of in winter; I had to have someone push me out of the old one a couple years ago. The new one is just at a slight incline. One or two other cars there when we arrived between 3 and 3:15pm. Only room for 4-5 cars in that small lot but lots more room at the Unknown Pond Trail lot which is just before it on the opposite side of the road. Note that the road coming in, while well travelled, is pretty icy so be cautious and don’t drive too fast please! Almost hit a moose on 110 too!  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily rock hopable and/or bridged. No issues.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trails are blazed in yellow but don’t expect to see much of it. The trials are generally well travelled and easy to follow but they can certainly be more challenging to follow when breaking trail in fresh powder without many blazes, particularly up by the cabin and summit. Currently, everything is well packed and easy to follow though. I don’t recall any blowdowns but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any 😜 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This is a good hike for hiking dogs. Just be aware of their needs in winter please!  
Bugs
Bugs: None  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I think there was a glove hanging up somewhere around Bunnell Notch on a tree. We left it there.  
 
Comments
Comments: A nice little night hike to get Cabot for my January grid with a friend :) This was my 15th 4000 footer this month and my 25th for my January grid in total. 23 more to go!

I believe the temps were in the mid 20s when we got started at 3:15pm and just a few degrees colde when we returned to the car at 7pm. Happy with a 3hr45min time :) Only saw one person walking out York Pond Trail as we were walking in. The trail was well packed and it microspikes were definitely all that was necessary. The loop down to Unknown Pond was broken out and looked just about as solid as our route up did although we didn’t really check it out. My guess is that you’d only need microspikes on that as well until Friday night when we’re getting more snow. Do note that the area has since gotten a dusting of snow (in fact it snowed a bit on us around the summit) but not enough new snow to warrant snowshoes. Some minor blue ice so the spikes definitely came in handy and we wore them the entire hike.  
Name
Name: Liam Cooney 
E-Mail
E-Mail: liamcooney96@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-13 
Link
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