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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails
Trails: Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Mill Brook Road (FR11) is open and well graded although limited to the width of one vehicle in places. Room for three vehicles beyond the bridge by the trailhead. Additional room at the end of Mill Brook Road that is a short distance from the trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant water crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some fallen trees across the Kilkenny Ridge Trail between Unknown Pond and Mt Cabot. The branches have been cut to facilitate passage. Fairly easy to go over or under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good for dogs. The ledges at the top of The Horn may be tricky for some dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs: None except dragon flies at Unknown Pond 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The route to Mt Cabot from Mill Brook Road was a pleasant alternative from the usual route from York Pond. The last time I hiked on this approach was 23 years ago. There is some wetness in the low section at the start of the Unknown Pond Trail. However, there are rocks and roots to avoid soaking your footwear. Higher up the trail passes through a nice birch glade and there are stretches of trail with no rocks or roots to contend with. At Unknown Pond I walked to the shore via the two authorized access routes. Take care to avoid the revegetation areas. If the skies are fair be sure to take the 0.3 mile walk up to The Horn for the best view on the range. Saw Touch-me-Nots, Asters, and Goldenrod flowers. There were lots of Bluebead Lily berries, Bunchberries, Hobblebush berries, Twisted Stalk berries and a few blueberries. No views from the summit of Mt Cabot. A short side trail leads to the highest point.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-08-19 
Link
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