|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, The Horn, NH|
||York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur, Unknown Pond Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, July 15, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I talked to a worker at the hatchery, which gates the road leading to the trailhead, and he said generally they have been closing the gate at 10PM recently but that it could change to 4PM at any time. Check with the folks at the hatchery so you don't get blocked in. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Pretty easy, depsite the recent rain. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Both Bunnell Notch and Unknown Pond trails are quite narrow and overgrown at times. I don't have a point of reference - perhaps these trails are usually narrow because they are lightly traveled. Or perhaps they are narrow now because the bushes and weeds abutting the trail haven't been cut back this year. |
||A few good dogs out on the trails. |
||Lots of flies. |
|Lost and Found:
||I went up Bunnell Notch Trail and down Unknown Pond Trail.|
Both Bunnell Notch and Unknown Pond trails are quite narrow and overgrown at times. I don't have a point of reference - perhaps these trails are usually narrow because they are lightly traveled. Or perhaps they are narrow now because the bushes and weeds abutting the trail haven't been cut back this year. Either way, beware poison ivy and ticks - you'll be rubbing against plenty of plants. This was slightly annoying because I like to hike with poles, but it didn't slow me down much.
There are plenty of water sources on the Bunnell Notch Trail and especially the Unknown Pond Trails, which runs along a brook for miles. There is no water at the Cabot cabin.
It was quite a muddy day, especially near the brooks, following some early-morning rain, but I managed to make it through the day with dry socks and sneakers.
The best views of the day (only views, really) were from the Horn.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.