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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The normal parking lots have reopened (closed this winter during logging operations). Unknown Pond lot is about the same size with a wider access road, while the York Pond lot has room for a few more vehicles. Newish sign states the gate is open from 7:30 to 4:00. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossing is higher than normal and requires stepping on submerged rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Cut out almost a dozen blowdowns, but some larger ones still remain. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies were nasty down low early this afternoon. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: White baseball cap on York Pond Trail (hung on branch) and a PSU baseball cap near the parking lot, both worse for the wear at this point. 
 
Comments
Comments: Shoulder season conditions persist.

York Pond Trail was fairly dry. Bunnell Notch Trail had plenty of sections of mud and running water, as well as some slippery rock. Kilkenny Ridge had patchy monorail starting near the notch viewpoint. Only prolonged stretch was a few tenths below the cabin, which was quite slippery following the rain and might be easier done with light traction. A few patches of monorail above the cabin, but no sustained snowpack (hard to say what the north slope looks like though).

Partly sunny at times down low, but occasional slight showers. Summit was in the fog. Wide variety of wildflowers in bloom including trillium, trout lily, bluebead lily, bunchberry, strawberry, bluet, violet, and star flower. Only saw three other hikers.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-30 
Link
Link: http://hike.franklinsites.com 
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