Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Unknown Pond Peak, The Bulge, Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails: Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, bushwhack, York Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The new Unknown Pond Trailhead lot can harbor significantly more cars than the old one. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water is very low, crossings are easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Encroaching overgrown bushes on the sides of the trail in a few spots particularly as you get close to the York Pond Trailheah. The occasional blowdown on the Kilkenny Ridge trail. Nothing pressing. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few, shouldn't be a problem. 
Bugs: A few 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: At Unknown Pond Tentsite someone left a rolled up foam pad in a tree plus some pots, pans, and a mason jar next to a firepit. Way to leave your trash there. 
Comments: Up to Unknown Pond on Saturday from the south. Trail is dry and in good shape. Water levels are very low. We arrived at the tent site around 1 we found all of the tent platforms empty, but a group had setup their tents right next to the fire pit. All of the designated tent spots were filled up by 4 or 5, but people kept showing up looking for spots until 9 or 10. Very loud group at the sites next to us that was chopping wood well after dark. Felt like we were car camping.

After setting up camp I went to find Unknown Pond Peak. It was pretty much as described in previous posts here. Follow the KRT to the height of land and then continue walking uphill through the open woods. Keep walking and eventually you'll find a sea of ferns underneath nothing but birch trees. There is a herd path that starts here and gets more defined as you ascend closer to the top. Canister was attached to the side of a tree and the herd path took me right to it. Out and back from the tent site took all of 45 minutes.

On Sunday we hiked up to Cabot and out the BNT and YPT. No issues with the trail at any point. Bit of a carwash where the trail runs through meadow close to meeting up with the YPT.

A US Forest Service employee was at the trail head there to investigate a small fire some hikers found and extinguished in the woods maybe half a mile in on BNT. It is extremely dry out there right now so please take extreme care with anything that could ignite a fire.  
Name: bellowthecat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-15 
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