Ascent of Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob on 2012-10-20

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the trail leveled off at the col in Bunnell Notch, it was only a short distance to the junction between Bunnell Notch Trail and Kilkenny Ridge Trail. I turned left in the direction of Mt. Cabot Trail, as indicated by the signs. The trail went over a slight ridgeline before dipping again in the valley west of Mt. Cabot. I was annoyed to have to descend again because of the knee pain, and my energy was waning again.

There were no clear indications about the prohibited access in the valley below at Bunnell Notch, just like at Willard Notch. It didn't matter much to me but again, I thought this was unfortunate. At the lowest point along the trail, I met a signpost that indicated towards the summit of Mt. Cabot. From here, it was all uphill on the last stretch and I had to take several pauses.

At least I was warmed by the sunlight that fell directly on this slope. Even with the past days' rain, it smelled of dry leaves heated by the sun and this was very agreeable. The clouds were mostly gone now, and as I gained altitude, I could see far down in the valley through the trees. When I thought I was close to the summit, the trail angled left and I spotted the cabin's apex. Almost at the same time, I heard voices.

I soon emerged at the cabin, just below Mt. Cabot's southeast knob where the fire tower stood. I greeted the four guys lounging on a small deck in front of a significant wood pile, and we talked about where I had come from. When I mentioned how I was going to retrace my footsteps tomorrow and my knee pain, one of them almost immediately proposed that I hike out with them the next day to get a lift to my car. I was left thinking about this as I dropped my pack and told them I was going to go tag Mt. Cabot and come back.

From there, it was a short rock hop to the actual knob, where I got nice views all around. I took a picture of the Mahoosuc range to the east and left along Mt. Cabot trail.

The Mahoosuc range to the east as seen from just below Cabot Cabin.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1160 ft / 353 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1160 ft / 353 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Mt. Cabot trail
    Start Trailhead:Old Cabot trail junction  2920 ft / 890 m
    Time:39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Mt. Cabot trail
    End Trailhead:Cabot Knob col  4060 ft / 1237 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Pliny/Pilot (oct. 2012) (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Starr King2012-10-20 a2371 ft / 723 m
2Mount Waumbek2012-10-20 b322 ft / 98 m
3Mount Weeks-South Peak2012-10-20 c378 ft / 115 m
4Middle Weeks2012-10-20 d217 ft / 66 m
5Mount Weeks2012-10-20 e670 ft / 204 m
6Terrace Mountain2012-10-20 f914 ft / 279 m
7Terrace Mountain-Middle Peak2012-10-20 g132 ft / 40 m
8Terrace Mountain-North Peak2012-10-20 h254 ft / 77 m
9Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob2012-10-20 i1160 ft / 354 m
10Mount Cabot2012-10-20 j100 ft / 30 m
11Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob2012-10-20 k170 ft / 52 m
Total Trip Gain: 6688 ft / 2038 m    Total Trip Loss: 6583 ft / 2004 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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