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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


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 down the Kilkenny Ridge Trail
Looking down 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

Other than a few sprinkles of rain/sleet early, weather generally wasn't bad (though summit was in the fog). Patches of black and blue ice on the lower portion of the route. Approaching the notch, roots and rocks were glazed in black ice, but a lack of snowpack made Microspikes excessive.

Microspikes came in handy near Bunnell Rock and above, as there were a few ice flows, as well as some black ice. A dusting to an inch of snowpack up high. 2-6" of snow on the Cabot Spring Spur. Spring was flowing, but would be very hard to find with snowpack due to very vague trail and somewhat nondescript location.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,670'
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Time Elapsed: 03:21
Trailhead Elevation: 1,670'
Summit Elevation: 4,170'
Distance: 4.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,780'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:34
Hike Distance: 9.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,060'

The York Pond Trail trailhead
The York Pond Trail trailhead

Socked in at the old fire tower site - Click to enlarge
Socked in at the old fire tower site

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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