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The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Mary, Pilot Range (Middle Peak), Pilot Range (West Peak), Hutchins Mountain
Stark, NH, Kilkenny, NH

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

Route: Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Horn Spur, (The Horn), Horn Spur, Kilkenny Ridge, (The Bulge), bushwhack, unnamed trail, (Mt. Mary), unnamed trail, bushwhack, (Pilot Range - Middle Peak), bushwhack, (Pilot Range - West Peak), bushwhack, (Hutchins Mountain), bushwhack, Mill Brook Road

We freestyled this one as we went, making a parking area decision to ascend via the trails. Unknown Pond Trail north was generally dry, except for the normally wet areas down low. Kilkenny Ridge Trail was also generally dry, though there were a few tiny patches of snow (not enough for more than a few snowballs). Nice views from the Horn.

After reaching the Bulge summit, we backtracked maybe 100 feet and headed into the woods, generally staying on the height of land toward Mt. Mary (Pilot East). The woods were generally open, with the exception of some avoidable blowdown. Many moose paths.

Just before Mary, we hit the private trail which led up to the summit and toward the col (good directional views in this vicinity). We followed this for awhile longer, then headed up to Middle Pilot in generally open woods.

We then continued along the ridge, still in decent woods, to West Pilot. Soon thereafter, the going was less than optimal. We used an old logging road and a herd path on the west side briefly, but then climbed back up to the height of land as to not lose more vertical. Some patches of thick spruce and blowdown and then some patches of open woods. A little bit of a cliff band to navigate prior to Hutchins proper. Decent directional view northeast from near the recognized summit.

Not wanting to go through that junk again, we dropped into the drainage to the north of the peak and had generally open woods for awhile. We then hit really tall hobblebush, which left us covered in pollen. We sometimes had a nice moose herdpath near the brooks and other times nothing. We popped out at the clearcut at the end of Mill Brook Road, just as the rain started. Nice view back at the ridge from this clearing.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: The Horn
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: The Bulge
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Mary
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Pilot Range (Middle Peak)
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Pilot Range (West Peak)
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Hutchins Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,755'
Destination: The Horn
Time Elapsed: 02:03
Trailhead Elevation: 1,755'
Summit Elevation: 3,905'
Vertical Gain: 2,380'
Destination: The Bulge
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 3,905'
Summit Elevation: 3,950'
Vertical Gain: 300'
Destination: Mt. Mary
Time Elapsed: 01:38
Trailhead Elevation: 3,950'
Summit Elevation: 3,570'
Vertical Gain: 440'
Destination: Pilot Range (Middle Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:46
Trailhead Elevation: 3,570'
Summit Elevation: 3,615'
Vertical Gain: 285'
Destination: Pilot Range (West Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 3,615'
Summit Elevation: 3,530'
Vertical Gain: 160'
Destination: Hutchins Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:15
Trailhead Elevation: 3,530'
Summit Elevation: 3,730'
Vertical Gain: 580'
Hike Time Elapsed: 09:55
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,145'


The Unknown Pond Trail trailhead
The Unknown Pond Trail trailhead

The Pilot Range as seen from the Horn - Click to enlarge
The Pilot Range as seen from the Horn

The Kilkenny Ridge Trail to The Bulge
The Kilkenny Ridge Trail to The Bulge

The lack of views from the Bulge - Click to enlarge
The lack of views from the Bulge

Bushwhacking to Mt. Mary
Bushwhacking to Mt. Mary

Franconia Notch as seen from the col north of Mt. Mary - Click to enlarge
Franconia Notch as seen from the col north of Mt. Mary

Using the trail for part of the way to Middle Pilot Range
Using the trail for part of the way to Middle Pilot Range

A lack of views on Middle Pilot Range - Click to enlarge
A lack of views on Middle Pilot Range

Bushwhacking to West Pilot Range
Bushwhacking to West Pilot Range

A lack of views toward Hutchins Mountain from Middle Pilot Range - Click to enlarge
A lack of views toward Hutchins Mountain from Middle Pilot Range

Approaching the summit of Hutchins Mountain
Approaching the summit of Hutchins Mountain

The Percy Peaks as seen from Hutchins Mountain - Click to enlarge
The Percy Peaks as seen from Hutchins Mountain

Topographic map of The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Mary, Pilot Range (Middle Peak), Pilot Range (West Peak), Hutchins Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take 110 West from Berlin to Stark. Take a left onto Mill Brook Road. The Unknown Pond Trail trailhead will eventually be on the left, just before the second one-lane bridge, with some room for roadside parking on either end of the bridge.

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