Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails: York Pond Road, York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Trailhead parking was closed. Needed to park approximately one mile from trailhead. York Pond Trail is through a clearing behind some logging equipment.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Mid-calf deep rushing stream 0.7 miles from trailhead. Water was high so rock hop was not feasible. Took off boots and socks and waded to the other side.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns along the way, trail from cabin to summit is not well marked. Footsteps in snow go off trail. Look for yellow blazes.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple of dogs on the trail - albeit with very muddy paws!  
Bugs: many bugs, mostly mayflies  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Ugh. This was a tough hike largely due to trail conditions, but also our own late start (driving from Boston) - there was lots of slushy snow, and since we didn't get started until after noon, we didn't get back to the car until 7:45pm. The delayed start, added road-walking, post-holing and general bugginess made it pretty brutal, not to mention the summit was completely covered by the tree-line so there was no view whatsoever. We did see a moose about a mile and a half in, so that was pretty cool!

Despite this somewhat negative review, I think if you wait a couple weeks, start this hike earlier in the day, and have some deet bug spray on hand, this hike would be much more enjoyable.

Happy trails!  
Name: John 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-25 
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