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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cabot (Shelburne), Crow's Nest, NH
Trails
Trails: Access road, Blue Trail, Red Trail, Yellow-Red Connector, Yellow Trail, Wiggin Rock Trail, White Trail, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked on the concrete pad at Philbrook Farm Inn. Only vehicle there on my arrival, one other vehicle when I returned (which may have belonged to the couple I met on Mt. Crag later in the afternoon). No trail signs there, but the access road leading to the trails is easy to find. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing of any importance. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple stepovers, but nothing major. No sign at the summit of Cabot where Blue Trail and Red Trail meet. No sign at the new loop junction at Crow's Nest. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I don't see why not. 
Bugs
Bugs: A few. They weren't bothersome. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None.  
 
Comments
Comments: Is it possible, on a busy Columbus Day weekend with nice weather, to hike six miles and get several excellent foliage views without seeing a single other hiker?

Sure it is!

From the concrete pad at the Philbrook Farm Inn where hikers are requested to park, the access road leads 0.4 miles to the multi-way trail junction at the base of Mt. Cabot. I headed up the Blue Trail - it started off as a moderate climb, then flattened out, and had a steep section near the top before reaching the summit. There's a view spur just before reaching the summit, and a view loop that leads to the best view from Mt. Cabot. Continue on the trail and it becomes the Red Trail heading down. The descent was uneventful, and I redlined the Yellow-Red Connector just in case it ever shows up on the Redlining Spreadsheet for a future edition of the WMG. I then followed Wiggin Rock Trail past Wiggin Rock (where the view is pretty much overgrown) to White Trail. White Trail up to Crow's Nest is a gradual walk on woods roads that goes by quickly and is easy to follow, with all the turns marked with arrows. As others have noted, White Trail now has a loop around the summit area of Crow's Nest. There are no good views on the loop, and the footway is obscure in places, but it's well blazed and a pleasant woods walk. However, there's no sign at the loop junction, and I walked right past it following the left fork. There's practically no evident footway for the right fork at the loop junction, though there is a white blaze visible (though I was so focused on the blazes for the left fork that I totally missed it). I then followed White Trail back to the cabin just above the Inn, and a left turn there leads shortly to North Road and it was a quick walk back to my car.

This was a fun hike that most hikers should be able to make pretty good time on. The conditions were excellent - good weather, no crowds, and best of all after such a wet and rainy summer, the trails were dry with practically no mud.  
Name
Name: GN 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ghnaigles@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-09 
Link
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