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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails
Trails: York Pond Road, York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: WARNING: They lock the gate on York Pond Road at 4pm. We had heard that hikers could make arrangements to stay past 4pm, but we checked at the Fish & Game office and they said no, they've stopped doing that, since they had problems. So, gotta be out by 4pm! Also- logging operations are going on, so you have to park about a mile uproad from the TH, and walk. Not too bad.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One minor stream crossing early on, no big deal 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Quite a bit of blowdown, including young healthy trees. Muddy and eroded in spots. Trail's not super well-maintained, part of its charm. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Some black flies were emerging down at the lower elevations.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Really enjoyable hike. Bunnell Notch Trail isn't marked at all, but just keep the brook on your left side for almost the entire ascent. Finally you'll leave the brook, get to a flat spot (Bunnell Notch itself) and a slight descent, and then you'll hit the sign for Kilkenny Ridge Trail.

Beyond this point, there's quite a bit of fresh-ish, unpacked snow, and snowshoes are a good idea.

Looked in on the cabin, no one and no gear there.

 
Name
Name: DJ 
E-Mail
E-Mail: djentzen@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-14 
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