Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cabot, NH
Trails: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: York Pond road was plowed and one of the best driving conditions in the morning. The lot was not plowed when we got there but was plowed out when we returned to the car. Two cars to start and three when finished. We looked for the gate while driving in and out, but didn't see any sign of it. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Well, I used my two falls within the first 1/2 mile - one a face plant in the snow and the other a turtle shell on my back in a partially frozen stream. In an age where cameras are everywhere, I'm glad there weren't any for those episodes. My Pavlovian response kicked in as I realized there are hidden unseen hazards under the snow. There are alot of crossings and they are hoppable/bridged but care is needed. Long legs will help on hopping the span on many of them. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One duck under that I remember maybe a 1/2 mile from the cabin. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs but great view of a beautiful, large moose bopping through the snow on our morning drive along YPR. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Plan A was to hope Steve from last week's Moriah hike would start in before us. We went to Plan B when our hopes were dashed. Snowshoes are a definite. We broke trail all the way up. There was 5"-7" of snow down below and 8 - 10" higher up with some stretches 12" or more up top. It was a beautiful walk in the woods with pristine snow and partial sunshine in the morning that provided much warmth. It was a little tricky finding the trail from the cabin to the summit and you'll do alot of Neanderthal hiking, hunching over to avoid causing the snow to drop from the tree bows. Three pairs of snowshoes went up and down the trail today. It's broken out for now, but still fluffy with hardpack underneath. We did have some minor balling on our last 1 -2 miles out. Great hike today.  
Name: Dave D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-01 
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