Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, The Horn, NH
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur, Unknown Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot 1/2 full at 9:30am. A few cars on the street but plenty of room. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some swampy areas of trail with standing water down low on the Bunnell Notch Tr. Generally was navigable without incident. Unknown Pond Tr was a different story, the brook and trail cross a bunch of times and there was a larger section with the brook overflowing through the trail - required a bushwhack and I still ended up getting both feet submerged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on the Kilkenney Ridge Tr between Horn and Unknown Pond. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: yep 
Bugs: Black flies and mosquitos, but not biting yet. In the more general Animals category, the spring peepers were out in force over Unknown Pond at dusk, and I saw a garden snake on the Unknown Pond Tr. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Clockwise loop of Cabot/Bulge/Horn. Nearly snow-free to the cabin, then snow on/off to the summit. Monorail still packed, I barebooted but put on full gaiters. No postholing until the descent between Cabot summit and bulge, which was the worst of the deteriorating monorail. All in all not really bad, I postholed a few times, but saw others who hacked up their shins. Out/back to the Horn spur was snow-free, and pretty much no snow for the remainder of the loop. Some run-off across the trails but not too wet. Mud was 6/10 overall. As mentioned above, the water crossings on the lower section of the Unknown Pond Tr were tricky in a few places but a short detour up/down stream gave better options.  
Name: Eric H 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-27 
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