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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails
Trails: Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 28, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: North trailhead entrance parking lot was deserted even with a late start (10:30 AM). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Two small rivulets, an easy hop each 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns to avoid or climb over. Erosion and loose rock/scree on Kilkenny Ridge on the climb approaching Cabot. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Hardly any. A few stray spiderwebs. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a snow basket that I took home with me since there was no good place to leave it. There was a pastel blue terrycloth near the Horn which I left in place since it was visible. I probably should have taken that too, but it's near the east scramble if anyone is looking for it. 
 
Comments
Comments: Unknown Pond Trail was in good shape with a couple of vines beginning to grow into the path toward the parking lot. Kilkenny Ridge had a few messy blowdowns, including two that I needed to climb over and one that fully blocked the path. A small use trail had been created by people who looped around that one. Someone has definitely been through here to clear some of of the worst blowdowns (thank you!). Trail had a few spots of mud that were mostly hoppable using rocks and branches. There is some trail erosion near the end of the climb toward Cabot- trickling water and loose rock/scree made for some delicate footing there. Now is a good time to see some wonderful White Mountain spring flowers. Lady's slippers are blooming, as well as trillium, Canadian bunchberry, bluebead lily, starflowers, and others I couldn't identify. Weather was partly cloudy and a bit hazy but the views were still very fine. I enjoyed chatting with the couple who arrived at the Horn at the same time as me. Good luck to the gentleman completing the NH Winter 48! Very few people on the trail otherwise; I had solitude for most of the day.  
Name
Name: fluffycat 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-29 
Link
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