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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, Bunnell Notch Trail, York Pond Trail

With Hurricane Ida passing through, it looked to be a wet day. With a slight opening in the morning, I decided to head north and try to get a quick 4,000 foot hike in.

It was sprinkling lightly as I worked my way through the York Pond and Bunnell Notch woods road walks. Reaching the woods, the precipitation had let up. Though the ground was frozen in places, there wasn't any ice or snow to contend with on the trail. Having only been on the Bunnell Notch Trail once before, I forgot about all of the ups and downs - yuck.

Reaching the summit area, I had zero views - normally I'd be a bit let down, but I was just glad that it wasn't raining.

The rain resumed as I reached the Bunnell Notch Trail again. It fortunately never picked up much as I walked back out - good timing!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Hike Commenced: 7:46 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,670'
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Ascent Commenced: 7:46 AM
Summit Reached: 9:49 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:03
Trailhead Elevation: 1,670'
Summit Elevation: 4,170'
Distance: 4.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,780'
Hike Ended: 11:48 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:02
Hike Distance: 9.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,060'

The York Pond Trail trailhead
The York Pond Trail trailhead

A view of mist from the former fire tower location near the Mt. Cabot summit - Click to enlarge
A view of mist from the former fire tower location near the Mt. Cabot summit

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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