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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, Horn Spur, Unknown Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 27, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for 4 in lot if parked right. Plenty in road. 9 cars at 9:00. 5 @ 4:00. Unknown Pond lot can hold 10-12, was empty early 1 car @ 4:00. I spoke to a worker about gate closing time. I was concerned as I was getting a late start. He told me 10:00, don't know if that's everyday but just an FYI. He was very nice & assured me I would be fine.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 2 rock hop, all others minor 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns on Bunnell Notch easy duck/step over. 1 has herd path around. Right after Cabot summit cluster of 4 blowdowns, quite a mess. You can climb through I opted to go around, no herd path as of yet. Rain the night before left all trails slippery especially with new leaves down. Boot sucking mud on Kilkenny & especially lower 1/3rd of Unknown Pond. Stepped in 1 sunk up to my shin. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Long but good hike. Plenty of water right now. Lots of mud  
Bugs
Bugs: No 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing  
 
Comments
Comments: All kinds of weather today, sun, fog, cold wind, misting but once on Horn beautiful. Bright sun breeze views for miles. Heavy rain the night before made trails slippery & muddy. Cabot Cabin socked in the clouds. Well worn trail to true summit to the left of Mt Cabot sign. Don't remember it being so obvious 3 years ago. Trail to spring is easy to spot. Went down until it became a bushwhack. I turned around as everything was soaked & I was good on water. Rocks very slippery coming down from Cabot. The Bulge was quicker than I expected as was the Horn. Easy spur trail, 10 mins to the views. I went to left for a quick scramble to top. If you go just past the scramble through a tree there is an easier climb to top. Path is well worn. So worth the long hike, views into Maine & Vermont. Uneventful decent until Unknown Pond, Beautiful. Too bad there are not more lookout spots. Didn't hike down as there were several signs saying it had been recently reforested due to illegal camping. Great Hike!  
Name
Name: buzza 
E-Mail
E-Mail: buzza77@msn.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-29 
Link
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