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Unknown Pond Peak, The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Cabot
Berlin, 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, bushwhack, (Unknown Pond Peak), bushwhack, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, The Horn spur trail, (The Horn), The Horn spur trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, (The Bulge), Kilkenny Ridge Trail, (Mt. Cabot), Kilkenny Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Cabot Talus Field), bushwhack, Bunnell Notch Trail, York Pond Trail

With the fish hatchery gate opening just before 7:30, we soon set foot on the Unknown Pond Trail. Though muddy and grown in in a few areas, the trail was generally in good shape as it gradually worked its way to Unknown Pond.

From Unknown Pond, I took the Kilkenny Ridge Trail east just past a height of land, reaching a vast, open birch glade. I was then able to follow the birch glade all the way to the summit of the viewless peak commonly known as Unknown Pond Peak.

For the descent, I attempted to beeline my way back to the pond, but found myself in some moderate spruce - certainly not a time saver vs. the open birch glade.

From the pond, I worked my way up to the Horn, where I had excellent (though starting to cloud in) views.

After passing over the the Bulge, I worked my way up the steep climb to Mt. Cabot. After taking the herd path to the true summit, we pushed over to the blowdown view area, then back to the trail and over to the old fire tower viewpoint.

We then continued down the trail past the cabin, eventually turning off at a curve and bushwhacking along the contour to the lower corner of the vast talus fields. From there, I headed up and continued along for some time as the fields opened up dramatically with tremendous views ranging from the Mahoosucs to the Presidentials to Vermont.

We stayed a bit uphill in returning to the trail, resulting in slightly more open woods.

The descent dragged on a bit as we worked our way down the Bunnell Notch Trail and the logging roads back to the parking area.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Unknown Pond Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: The Horn
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: The Bulge
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 8, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:35 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,680'
Destination: Unknown Pond Peak
Ascent Commenced: 7:35 AM
Summit Reached: 9:42 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:07
Trailhead Elevation: 1,680'
Summit Elevation: 3,510'
Vertical Gain: 1,900'
Destination: The Horn
Ascent Commenced: 9:47 AM
Summit Reached: 11:01 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:14
Trailhead Elevation: 3,510'
Summit Elevation: 3,905'
Vertical Gain: 1,080'
Destination: The Bulge
Ascent Commenced: 11:03 AM
Summit Reached: 11:19 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 3,905'
Summit Elevation: 3,950'
Vertical Gain: 305'
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Ascent Commenced: 11:20 AM
Summit Reached: 11:43 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 3,950'
Summit Elevation: 4,170'
Vertical Gain: 485'
Hike Ended: 3:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,095'


The Unknown Pond Trail trailhead near York Pond Road
The Unknown Pond Trail trailhead near York Pond Road

Looking at the Horn from Unknown Pond
Looking at the Horn from Unknown Pond

Open glades near the viewless summit of Unknown Pond Peak - Click to enlarge
Open glades near the viewless summit of Unknown Pond Peak

The Kilkenny Ridge Trail on the way to the Horn
The Kilkenny Ridge Trail on the way to the Horn

Looking toward the Presidentials from the Horn - Click to enlarge
Looking toward the Presidentials from the Horn

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

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

The Kilkenny Ridge Trail to Mt. Cabot
The Kilkenny Ridge Trail to Mt. Cabot

Looking southwest from the blowdown patch near the summit of Mt. Cabot - Click to enlarge
Looking southwest from the blowdown patch near the summit of Mt. Cabot

Looking south from the talus field on Mt. Cabot - Click to enlarge
Looking south from the talus field on Mt. Cabot




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 to Berlin, then take Route 110 northwest. 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 driveway to the Unknown Pond Trail parking area will eventually be on the right. The trailhead is next to the kiosk.

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