Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, The Horn, NH
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur, Unknown Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The hatchery gate doesn't appear to close in the Winter. Besides our group, no other vehicles seen at arrival or departure. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Surprisingly, most were not frozen. The Bunnell notch ones were almost bridged and required only short hops. One on Kilkenny ridge near Unknown pond requires using the 2-log bridge, but it was initially concealed by snow. The unknown pond crossings sometimes require using snow or ice-covered rocks.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No major blowdowns.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great day in the mountains. From the lot to the cabin the trail was mostly hard-packed with some areas of shallow post-holes and occasional deeper ones. They got 2-3 inches of additional snow after we left Tuesday, so maybe nothing is hard-packed now. Snowshoes recommended. From what I could see at the intersections, a lone post-holer had been on both York Pond and Kilkenny towards Weeks.

Between the cabin and the Summit of Cabot there was two inches of fresh powder on top of a broken-out path.

From Mt. Cabot to Unknown pond nothing was broken-out. In areas of drifting we sometimes post-holed even with snowshoes. Between the Horn and Unknown pond we went briefly off trail twice. We took the first right-hand switchback turn early, creating a shortcut. However, we overshot the next left and probably added 200 yards to the hike.

The first and last miles on Unknown pond were broken-out, but soft. Major drifting had obscured the middle 1.3 miles of the trail. All crossings were manageable with some planning.  
Name: Al S 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-28 
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