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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, The Horn, NH
Trails
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Horn Spur, Unknown Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 23, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hatchery gate was already open at 8:15. Relatively quiet today, so plenty of room in both small hiker lots. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hops on lower Bunnell Notch and on Unknown Pond trails. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of footbed and drainage work being performed on Bunnell Notch Trail. Blowdowns on Kilkenny Ridge Trail above cabin to summit, one resulting in heavily worn herd path. Unmitigated erosion on a stretch descending Cabot toward the Bulge. Horn Spur extremely brushy. Multiple stone staircases sliding downhill on Unknown Pond Trail. Removed one blowdown near bottom of Unknown Pond Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Some black flies on the Horn. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: York Pond and Bunnell Notch road walk portions a bit overgrown from weeds. Stepping stones are helping mitigate some mud on this stretch.
Multiple short reroutes on Bunnell Notch trail along the brook, some better, some just as muddy. Multiple new waterbars installed, as well as stepping stones.
Kilkenny Ridge Trail was generally dry from the notch to the summit. Did the short bushwhack around 3,850 feet to the Cabot scree fields for the fantastic views.
Trail was generally dry along the ridge with a few minor muddy areas. Also some occasional mud on Unknown Pond Trail.
Picked this one to get sun with the approaching clouds from the coast and it worked out well.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-08-23 
Link
Link: http://hike.franklinsites.com 
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