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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


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, bushwhack, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, York Pond Trail

Trail was a nice packed snowshoe track up to the cabin, however parasitic postholers were reaping havoc late this morning. I can't imagine what it looked like this afternoon when the temperatures climbed above freezing. Some without snowshoes seemed oblivious to how much snow there is, where the sun was moving to, how warm it was getting, and how deep they would be postholing in those conditions on the way down. Others had no idea that the path from the cabin to the summit was not well broken out and was not kosher with the trail (have fun postholing into a buried spruce tree). Others didn't care at all, saying "I don't need snowshoes." Well, thanks for trashing the trail for everyone else (perhaps you also pee on the toilet seat, not caring about the next user). But, there was some karma, seeing how much extra effort they were putting in spinning their wheels with their Microspikes, as opposed to those gliding along smoothly on snowshoes.

The majority of the ascent has about 3 to 4 feet of snowpack. On the ridge, the snowpack is probably 5 to 7 feet, judging by the treetop views and that the "summit" sign had to be dug out.

Beautiful spring like weather - mild temperatures, not a cloud in the sky. Birch glades were particularly, contrasting with the deep blue.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Parking Elevation: 1,670'
Destination: Mt. Cabot
Time Elapsed: 02:04
Trailhead Elevation: 1,670'
Summit Elevation: 4,170'
Vertical Gain: 2,780'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:56
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,060'

The York Pond Trail trailhead
The York Pond Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Lafayette from near the summit of Mt. Lafayette - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Lafayette from near the summit of Mt. Lafayette

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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