Cabot, the Bulge, and the Horn from Madison
Cabot - 4170'
(Jan/2006) Alert! The Mt Cabot Trail is closed due to a dispute between
the WMNF and the land owner. The best way to hike to Mt Cabot is now the
route from Mill Brook Road, using the Unknown Pond and Kilkenny Ridge Trails or the
Bunnell Notch Trail from the Fish Hatchery. It's
unknown when or if the trail will reopen.
Mt Cabot is the highest peak in the north country and the farthest
north of NH's 4000 footers. The summit itself is
but just a few tenths away is an excellent view from the site of the
old fire tower. The Cabot Cabin,
maintained by the Jefferson Boy Scouts and the Pinkerton Academy
Outing Club that sleeps eight is next to the site. Mt Waumbek
is to the south along the Kilkenney Ridge trail.
There are two smaller peaks to the north, The Horn
and The Bulge which are both on the New England
Hundred Highest lists. On the Mt Cabot trail coming in from the Fish Hatchery you can stop at
Bunnell Rock, which is a
short side trail away and has some nice views.
- Mt Cabot Trail - Closed. See note above.
- York Pond, Bunell Notch, Kilkenney Ridge, Mt Cabot - This somewhat
complicated route is the shortest route and easiest to get to now that the Mt Cabot
Trail is closed. Start past the Berlin Fish Hatchery on York Pond Road. There is a gate
that is closed between 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM during the summer, call the Fish Hatchery at
603.449.3412 for details. Start on the York Pond trail and quickly turn left onto the
Bunnell Notch trail. After about 3 miles turn right onto the Kilkenney Ridge trail and
then shortly onto the Mt Cabot trail. Pass the Mt Cabot cabin about 1/2 mile before
reaching the summit. Total distance is 9.6 miles and climbs roughly 2500'. Bunnell Notch
has been known to be muddy at times, with some difficult route finding.
- Unknown Pond, Kilkenney Ridge trail - Start at the parking area on the Mill
Brook road, reachable from Rt 110 in Stark NH. There is a gate less then a mile from the
trailhead which is sometimes open. Follow the Unknown Pond trail to the pond, then
climb the Kilkenney Ridge trail past the Horn and Bulge to the summit. Total distance
is 6.1 miles and roughly 3100' elevation gain.
- Berlin Fish Hatchery - The York Pond Road (FR 13) leaves NH 110 7.4 miles from its
juntion with Rt 16 north of Berlin. Stay on York Pond Road, down take the Bog Dam Road which
intersects the road twice. The gate at the Fish Hatchery (2 miles from the trailhead) is closed
from 4PM to 8AM. Contact
the Fish Hatchery (603-449-3412) if you need to make arrangements for the gate to be
left open. This trailhead serves the eastern end of both the Bunnell Notch and
Unknown Pond trails.
- Mill Brook Road - Look for a hiker road sign about 5 miles east of Groveton
on NH 110. Mill Brook Road (FR 11) goes 3.7 miles to a gate, usually closed except during
hunting season, then .8 further to the trailhead. This trailhead serves the western end
of the Unknown Pond trail.
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