Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Unknown Pond, The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails: Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur, Bunnell Notch Trail, York Pond Trail, York Pond Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car at the southern UPT lot in the AM, a few other cars when I returned. The fish hatchery gate was open when I rolled through at 7:20am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: UPT is in dire need of brushing. It's still easy to follow, but becoming pretty overgrown. Numerous blowdowns of various varieties on KRT between The Horn and Cabot, some of which have been there a long time. One waist-high blowdown is inconvenient, making it difficult to go over or under. KRT has one steep, muddy, eroded pitch on the climb to Cabot. KRT between Bunnell Rock and the BNT junction could use some brushing. BNT could use some brushing, especially along the logging road stretch. YPT could also use some brushing (sensing a pattern here). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. Lots of water along UPT and BNT, but nothing in between. Cabot Spring may have water right now, but I didn't go down there to check. 
Bugs: A few flies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: Plan A was an out and back to The Horn, but the loop was only a half mile-ish longer, so why not.

Lots of mud on UPT. The brushiness was wet, which made for a soggy ascent to the pond. KRT was mostly dry with just a few areas of mud, as were the rest of the trails on this loop.

Never thought I'd be on The Bulge again, but there I was, atop everyone's favorite wooded hump. Easy grades and footing on UPT. The real climbing doesn't start until after the pond. Not too many people out, the most I saw were on Cabot as expected. Excellent views from The Horn as always. No one on the summit of Cabot when I arrived. I timed it well as I was headed down while everyone was headed up. It's been awhile since I'd descended BNT and forgot what a loooooooong gradual drop that is.

A beautiful day in the Kilkenny!  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-09-16 
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