|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Mt. Cabot, NH
|York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
|Date of Hike:
|Saturday, March 18, 2023
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|York Pond Road and the trailhead parking for the York Pond and Unknown Pond trails are plowed. There are stretches on the road with frozen slush and ice. These are passable for all vehicles with reasonable caution. The gate is under snow.
|Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes
|Water Crossing Notes:
|There are a series of small brooks throughout the Bunnell Notch Trail. Many of the crossings have steeply pitched snow covered banks that require one to either leap from bank to bank or awkward footwork with snowshoes. None of the crossings are wide. The most significant brook that drains Bunnell Notch has a snow bridge with a couple of postholes.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Currently there are some trees across the trail at about 5.5 feet above the snowpack around the area where the old Mt Cabot Trail used to intersect the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. These should not be a problem once the snow melts.
|Fine for dogs.
|Lost and Found:
|There is a snowshoe trench from start to finish. Unfortunately, microspike hikers have punched a lot of holes in the track. Some holes were 2 to 3 feet deep. One has to take precautions if hiking with snowshoes not to catch a toe in one of the holes. The majority of hikers were wearing snowshoes. There were ten hikers using only traction.
There were good views from Bunnell Rock (a short snowshoe path leads to the ledge - sign "View" on tree), the clearing above the cabin for Mahoosuc Range, and from a side path just below the summit to a thinned-out forest area looking at the Presidential Range.
Thr Kilkenny Ridge Trail toward the Horn was not recently used. The Kilkenny Ridge Trail to Terrace Mountain is not broken out. The York Pond Trail beyond the start of the Bunnell Notch Trail is not broken out.
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.