Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Cabot, The Bulge, NH
Trails: York Pond Road, York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Mill Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 31, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked at the fish hatchery. Plenty of parking. The gate was open at 7:45am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were a few large blowdowns along Bunnell Notch and Kilkenny Ridge Tr but all were limbed and east to navigate. Blazes are faint for most of the way. Kilkenny Ridge Tr, descending north from Unknown Pond, through the birches is very brushy and near Kilback Pond could be very wet in the spring. Mill Brook Tr was in great shape.

NOTE: The .5 mile section of trail leading west from the Kilkenny Ridge Tr from Bunnell Notch to the Mt Cabot Tr has been brushed in and there is no sign. I mention this because the current AMC Guide map still shows this.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Marlie had fun leading this hike. The soft footing was appreciated. Bring water though. While abundant in spots it is scarce in others. 
Bugs: A few pesky ones near the hatchery in the afternoon but not biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I decided to extend this loop and check out some new trails. Kilkenney Ridge Tr between Unknown Pond and Mill Brook Tr was beautiful, especially near Kilback Pond. Mill Brook Tr was an easy stroll out.

15.4 miles 3520' elev+ 6 hr 50 min  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-09-02 
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