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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 Bunnell Notch Trail
Looking up the Bunnell Notch 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

Starting on the York Pond and Bunnell Notch Trails, there were some nice early fall foliage colors in the trees and hobblebush. Brisk temperatures and cloud skies resulted in a steady walking pace. Above Bunnell Notch, winds and colder temperatures resulted in some sleet and snow flurries - the first winter hike of the summer.

After reaching the highpoint, we doubled back to the Cabot Cabin and waited out the fog and snow for a bit. Once the sun burned through and the rime started falling out of the trees, we headed a bit down the Kilkenny Ridge Trail, then bushwhacked out to the massive talus fields.

While the fog was slow to lift on nearby peaks, we were able to eventually see the Mahoosucs, Carters, lower slopes of the Presidentials, and the Green Mountains from the excellent vista.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, September 16, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,670'
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Time Elapsed: 02:02
Trailhead Elevation: 1,670'
Summit Elevation: 4,170'
Vertical Gain: 2,800'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,100'

The York Pond Trail trailhead
The York Pond Trail trailhead

Rime ice on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Rime ice on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail

Looking east from the Cabot talus field - Click to enlarge
Looking east from the Cabot talus field

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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