Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks The Bulge, Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails: York Pond Road, Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, York Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Due to logging you have to park about a mile before the Unknown Pond/York Pond trailheads. There are clearly designated plowed parking areas with signs reading "HIKERS PARK HERE" about a mile past the fish hatchery. Also a helpful fishery employee told me that the gates DO NOT lock at 4PM in spite of what the sign says. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings on Unknown Pond Trail were only partly iced over and pretty challenging in snow shoes. No issues otherwise. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I took Unknown Pond to Kilkenny Ridge to the summit. It looked I was only the second person to go through that way since the last snow so it was basically breaking trail. Snowshoes were definitely required for this route. Snow was very powdery and depth ranged from 4-12 inches. My predecessor and I both lost the trail a couple of times, once in the depression just after the bulge and once just before the summit.

Once I got to the summit it was clear everyone goes up via Bunnel Notch Trail which I took down. That was well-packed and rocky enough that I wound up finishing up with spikes only.  
Name: Joanna 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-23 
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