Ascent of Mount Cabot on 2009-10-17

Climber: Michael Petcher

Date:Saturday, October 17, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cabot
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not making a habit of Cabot?.......10/17/2009

Peak(s)/Trail(s): Mt Cabot via York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail

Date: 10/17/2009

Participants: CrazyBob, Jim, Dana, Jorge, Helen, Russell, and Petch

Trail Conditions: Started off with some damp conditions/mud at the bottom of Bunnell Notch Trail, then turned to snow as we ascended. About 4" of snow up towards the summit. Some slippery areas, but bare bootable. Bright sun caused much of snow to melt as day progressed.

Commentary: CrazyBob and I met up with Jim in Windham and we began our long journey north towards Berlin, N.H. After a stop at D&D, we met Jorge, Helen, and Russell in North Conway. Then off again towards York Pond Rd. Mt. Washington was in the clear, and we could tell we were in for another great weather day.

Many of us had never been to Berlin before and after getting a little lost trying to find Rt110, and taking a tour of some of Berlin's finest neighborhoods- I doubt many of will be returning their for vacation. Although, I bet rents and real estate in general must be fairly inexpensive. I am from a remote, depressed Mill town, so it brought back a lot of "pleasant" memories.......

We met up with Dana on York Pond Rd and parked up at the Unknown Pond Trailhead. We saddled up the horses and started up the York Pond Trail, then the quick turn to the Bunnell Notch Trail. The bright sun had most of us starting in light layers and a couple in shorts! The trail starts off gradual and never really gets very steep. Even with snow on the trail, no light traction was needed. CrazyBob and Jim leading the charge at a pretty good clip, with myself being the caboose (Darwinism).

We passed a couple groups on the way up. Some with overnight gear heading towards the Unknown Pond tentsite. We reached the Kilkenny Ridge Trail junction, then shortly after, the Cabot Trail junction. The last section of trail heading up the summit was really pretty with inches of snow weighing down the spruce tree branches. My hiking poles were sticking out of my pack hitting the tree branches, dumping snow on top of my head and down my neck- yes, winter is here!

We stopped at the cabin for a bit, then went and tagged the summit. Then back to the cabin for lunch. The lookout just past the cabin provided great views. Cannon could be seen off in the distance. The hike down went quick with just a couple stops to take some ice pictures near the stream.

It is possible to do a loop hike, going up and over Cabot and returning by the Unknown Pond Trail, but we opted to return by the same trails. Just as many dogs as people on the trails today.

Back at the car, Jim was kind enough to supply us with a cold beverage which we consumed rapidly. Then we took turns taking group photos.

The gang of 7 turned into a gang of 6 (Dana couldn't join us) and off we headed to the Moat for food and spirits. We discussed how to solve the worlds problems, hiking gear, sports, and what is wrong with the New England Patriots. I have been lobbied hard to get rid of Maroney. As I write this trip report, he just ran for a touchdown.....figures, but I say get rid of him anyway. He's too soft.

Although the weather was great, and the trail was ok, many discussed not "Making a habit of Cabot". Simply doing it because it's on the list. The long drive is a deterrence for many. I think I would like to do this trail again with snowshoes, or as part of a mini-traverse on some of the Kilkenny Ridge Trail.

Hiking Stats: around 9 miles or so, 5 hrs 20min hiking, about the same or more in driving time

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