Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed out, a few parking areas near the fish hatchery. We parked at York Pond Trailhead and there was only room for about 3 cars here. We were the 3rd in at 830a start. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All small trail crossings with easy hop over 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No trees down, but due to amount of packed down snow, higher up your head is now in the branches of trail side trees normally well overhead. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: All well behaved 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started our hike at 830a with no wind and the temps were just above freezing. We carried our snowshoes and wore microspikes for the first couple miles up York Pond trail. The trail is hard pack snowshoe trench and we did little damage. We did not step off because if we did, we would punch down over a foot just off the stable track in the deep soft snow.

We put snowshoes on just before Bunnell Notch trail and kept them on the rest of the day. All three trails are stable snowshoe packed trench. A few spiker/bare booters had done damage to the trail higher up and we passed many of them with their snowshoes strapped to their packs. A few people near the summit did have snowshoes on. The 4 of us did our best to smooth out the trail with our snowshoes throughout the day.

Pop-up views were good, mountains in the clear. The sun was filtered and there was no wind. It was above freezing and we were all warm, removing layers. The Cabot cabin was busy with people hanging out and “Sunshine” took the time to clear snow out of the frame so the cabin door could close. Some snow had blown inside because the door was left open for a period of time.

There were many people on the mountain today. And we bumped into two of them at the viewpoint near the Cabot cabin outhouse. There was a guy on one knee proposing to a lady! Pemi the golden retriever was first on the scene and got between the two people and licked the ring just as it was presented! Funny moment as we approached not immediately understanding the importance of the moment happening at the spot. We all laughed and were happy to hear she said “yes!”

Trail was in great shape all the way down with very fast conditions. Snowshoes all the way, soft but stable track, no ice, no rocks, no blowdowns. 40F plus temps and the whole thing finished in under 5 hrs.

Great day out with Tara, Mr. Irrelevant (that’s me!), Gypsy hiker, Sunshine, Pemi the golden and Maya the husky dog.  
Name: Mr. Irrelevant  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-28 
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