Ascent of Mount Cabot on 2014-05-16

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cabot
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a great day to bag #32 on the NH 4,000 footers list! While most of NH was rainy and in the clouds, there were sunny skies at Mount Cabot, and almost no rain!

I headed up the York Pond Trail at 9:30 AM, following the corridor of a woods road. After 0.2 mile, I emerged onto a field and turned right onto the Bunnell Notch Trail and followed it to Bunnell Notch.

This trail started by following an old woods road, crossing a tricky river in the early going. A sign directed me onto the trail at the end of the road, and it followed an actual standard trail for the rest of its length. I ascended a small ridge and then paralled the river I crossed earlier for most of the trip to the notch. The grade was steady but never steep, and the footing was good for the most part except for some mud and water patches. Near Bunnell Notch, I saw stray patches of snow and ice, but upon turning onto the Kilkenny Ridge Trail, I wouldn't see any of that until I was near the cabin.

Not 0.1 mile down the KRT, I came to a large blowdown, which I had to 'whack around. After that, it was smooth sailing. I passed the unmaintained section of the Mt. Cabot Trail, then the two trails coincided past the cabin and to the summit. About halfway from the junction to the summit, I began to run into the first significant snow/ice patches; I put my spikes on here and wore them intermittently to the summit.

The Cabot Cabin was amazing! The USFS did a great job on it. (This would be my lunch spot after bagging the top.) From the cabin to the summit, the trail was a mix of dry ground, wet ground, and unstable monorail. Needless to stay, the spikes got some use.

The true summit area, surprisingly, was dry and snow-free. No views, though, so I took some summit shots then headed back to the cabin for a quick bite to eat, then I headed back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 882 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Route:York Pond Tr, Bunnell Notch Tr, Kilkenny Ridge Tr
    Trailhead:York Pond Rd.  1660 ft / 505 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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