|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||The Bulge, Mt. Cabot, The Horn, NH|
||Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 31, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Mill Brook Road is generally in good condition. There is a barricade marking a 2 to 3 foot square sinkhole in the road. There is plenty of room to pass by the hole. The are several overhanging trees whose branches brush the vehicles that pass underneath. There is room for about three vehicles at a pull out just beyond the bridge at the trailhead. There is additional parking further down the road. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No significant crossings |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Tree falls on all trails especially the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. Many of the blow downs are large trees. The blazes are scarce on the Kilkenny Ridge trail. There is a stretch in the Kilkenny Ridge Trail on the north face of Mt Cabot that is eroded. The trail sign at the junction of Unknown Pond and Kilkenny Ridge trail incorrectly states that the Mill Brook Trail is 2.2 miles down Unknown Pond trail. It should read Mill Brook Road. |
||Fine for dogs |
||None! The wind and cold temperatures must have deterred the bugs. |
|Lost and Found:
||The trails were primarily snow free. There are small patches of snow on the Kilkenny Ridge trail. The longest stretch was perhaps 20 foot long with a sufficiently solid surface to prevent postholing. No need for gaiters or microspikes today. The areas of standing or running water on the trail can be traversed on rocks and roots or by bypassing through the adjacent woods. As mentioned above there are many trees across the trail. All were easy to get by. Moose droppings here and there on all trails.|
Snow showers and some spotty fresh snow dusting the moss at higher elevations. The air was cool enough to induce a mist over Unknown Pond.
Saw only seven other hikers in two groups. The views from The Horn were limited by clouds on the Presidential Range. I could see the Mahoosuc Range and the Carter Range. Painted Trillium, Hobblebush, and Bluebead Lily at lower elevation.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.