Ascent of Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob on 2012-07-14

Climber: Charles Marshall

Date:Saturday, July 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked solo for this trip. Parked at the Unknown Pond Trail trailhead, took the Unknown Pond Trail up to Unknown Pond, then a left (south) onto the Kilkenny Ridge Trail, took the spur trail to The Horn, returned to Kilkenny Ridge Trail to the summit of The Bulge (official peak is about 30 feet from trail and is supposedly marked by a wooden stick screwed to a tree), continued on to Mt. Cabot, Cabot Cabin, then eventually a left onto the Bunnel Notch Trail and finally the York Pond Trail for a short stretch to the York Pond Trail trailhead with a short 0.1 mile walk to the Unknown Pond Trail trailhead. The lower portions of both the Uknown Pond Trail as well as the Bunnel Notch Trail were both overgrown. Saw at least 50 frogs/toads of all sizes, 3 garden snakes and alot of bear poop on The Bulge summit and approaches. Saw some tracks in mud of possibly deer or moose. Hot, humid day with temps around 90 I think. Drank close to 4 liters of water. Had lunch at Cabot Cabin which is not bad but looking a little run down. Mt. Cabot was my 17th 4k footer which the 48 4ks are my current goal. Passed alot of people, some very late in the day. Considering this is the northern most 4k footer, I wasn't expecting as many as I saw. The best views by far were from The Horn. Unknown Pond was very cool as well. Book time (according to the White Mountain Guide Online) was 7 hours 31 minutes. I completed the hike in 5 hours 50 minutes. Since I was by myself, I hiked faster which is normal for me when solo. Average was around 2 mph with breaks.
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