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Mt. Cabot
Lancaster, NH, Kilkenny, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Looking up the Kilkenny Ridge Trail

Route: York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, (Mt. Cabot), Kilkenny Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, York Pond Trail

A nasty, rainy day, Cabot seemed like a good choice - just far enough north to be removed from heavy rains.

Starting in a drizzle, we worked our way up the logging roads and eventually the Bunnell Notch Trail. The winds were whipping up high. In addition, as we climbed, we entered into a sleet/snow storm. After reaching the highpoint, we headed back to the Cabot Cabin for a brief snack break.

On the way down, we bushwhacked off the Kilkenny Ridge Trail to the side of the massive talus field on the south face of the mountain. We opted not to go too far into the field, as the wind-driven-sleet and lack of views was less than inspiring. Nonetheless, a neat place to visit.

By the time we returned to the parking area, snow had overtaken the rain.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, March 14, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:21 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,670'
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Ascent Commenced: 8:21 AM
Summit Reached: 11:11 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:50
Trailhead Elevation: 1,670'
Summit Elevation: 4,170'
Vertical Gain: 2,800'
Hike Ended: 1:58 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:37
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,100'


The York Pond Trail trailhead
The York Pond Trail trailhead

A lack of views from the old firetower site on Mt. Cabot - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from the old firetower site on Mt. Cabot

Part of the massive talus field on the side of Mt. Cabot
Part of the massive talus field on the side of Mt. Cabot




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 to Berlin, then take Route 110 west. York Pond Road will eventually be on the left. Continue through the Fish Hatchery (do be aware that the gates are only open during the day, usually 8 AM - 4 PM). The York Pond Trail trailhead and small parking area will eventually be on the left, shortly after passing the Unknown Pond Trail parking area on the right.

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