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, March 7, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Space for three or four cars at plowed parking area by trailhead. Very close other trailhead has a large lot, so you could park there if needed and walk the very short distance. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All snow-bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found something of value not far from the intersection of Bunnell Notch and Kilkenny Ridge Trails. We have it - if you lost something (probably yesterday, Saturday), send me an email telling me what it is and I will be happy to mail it back to you. I did not want to leave the item(s) at the trailhead. 
Comments: We were first on trail and - yippee! - the trail was packed enough for us not to need snowshoes almost all the way to the cabin. This is the first ascent we have been able to do in microspikes since January, I think. We got so used to being first on trail and breaking through drifts or dealing with overnight snowfall that having a solidly packed trail before us was WONDERFUL and we were happy happy happy. My legs rejoiced.

Once we got close to the cabin, the (small) drifts and consistently softer snow began, so we donned the snowshoes and kept them on to the peak. Between the cabin and the peak was the typical drifts and softer snow that most first-on-trail hikers deal with during the winter. After we returned to the cabin, a couple on snowshoes also went to the peak, so between the four pairs of snowshoes that bit was likely well packed down for the folks on microspikes who came later.

Sage felt like switching back to microspikes at the cabin for the descent. I stayed in my snowshoes and went behind her in case she left any footprints in the warmer afternoon. The trail was well packed.

That being said - bring the snowshoes. You will definitely need to wear them this week since it is going to be warm enough for the packed trail to become soft. Without snowshoes in the much warmer weather, you will posthole. But today, the trail supported microspikers just fine.  
Name: Trish and Sage 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-07 
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