View Full Version : Mt. Cabot -- March 14, 2009

03-15-2009, 09:40 PM
Cut and pasted from our hiking blog, http://trishandalex.blogspot.com/
Accompanying pictures (and very short video) can be found there.

York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, KilKenny Ridge Trail, out-and-back.

9.6 miles.

I was dreading this mountain due to the trailhead's out-of-the-way location -- however, this turned out to be a very nice hike indeed.

After winding our way through the town of Berlin and driving past the fish hatchery, we arrived at York Pond Trail.

It's a flat, open 0.2 mile walk to the Bunnell Notch trail.

Looking back the way we had walked...

Alex rests at the trail intersection, worn out from the arduous trek...

From here it's 2.8 miles to the intersection with the northbound Kilkenny Ridge trail. The first bit goes through open wood and is a gentle walk.

The trail then meanders across and beside the Bunnell Brook, then goes moderately up for the last mile before reaching the Kilkenny Ridge trail. It's a nice little hike, only moderately steep here and there. One traverses nice, open woods at times....I found it quite scenic and enjoyable.

Along the way, Alex wanted to take a picture of this "hairy" tree.

We reached the Kilkenny Ridge Trail without much ado.

It's a moderate, fairly constant steep 1 mile hike from here to the cabin. Along the way, we stopped to check out the scene from the "view" (marked with a sign).

0.6 miles up from the above, we came to the picturesque Cabot Cabin.

I stood by the front porch and took in the lovely views.

We went inside and had a little snack break. Here are a few pictures of the cabin itself.

From here it's 0.5 miles to the summit. Shortly past the cabin exists the site of an old fire tower. Excellent views to be had here.

We continued easily onward, the rest of the ascent is fairly flat...

...here's Alex examining the summit sign.

I have read that the actual high point is 30 yards past a trail intersection sign that is a few feet beyond the summit sign. We followed someone else's footsteps in what seemed like the correct direction. The person's footsteps ended on top of a high snowmound...here's Alex wondering if we should also walk over other high bits, just to be sure...

We did end up walking about for 10 minutes, hitting all the seemingly high points we could find. When we were both satisfied that we must have, at some point, walked over the actual summit, we returned to the cabin.

There we had another snack break, then we began our descent.

Here's Alex, in usual descent mode....

Our descent was pleasant and swift. We were both in very good spirits and we were enjoying the warmer weather.

Along the way, Alex saw this branch with two identical broken bits on the ends. She wanted to take its picture...

She also wanted to take this picture of me, back at the Bunnell Notch/York Pond intersection.

Back at the trailhead....

It was a nice hike on a warm, late winter day. It was also the first time Alex was able to do without her heavy gloves for most of the hike. We hadn't been this warm since October!

I'm very pleased we did this hike in these particular conditions. The trail was a sidewalk, the weather was spring-like, the trees were bare, affording beautiful views throughout the woods. I imagine the Bunnell Notch Trail can be unpleasant when the bugs are out, and not as interesting with all the leaves blocking all sights but the actual path.

So ends our winter hiking for this season. Bring on the Spring!

03-16-2009, 07:27 AM
Another terrific hike. What a beautiful day to get out there. I envy both of you. After watching that video I wish I had half of Alex's energy. Aslo amazing pictures. Thanks for posting and look foward to the next.

03-16-2009, 08:05 AM
Chris, thank you for your kind comments. You are always so nice in your responses, not just to me but to everyone. I hope we get the chance to meet someday. Thanks again for your support. :)

03-16-2009, 08:49 AM

I just had a chance to check out the pictures and video. I was laughing all the way through! What a great trip and conditions. These are the first pictures of Alex I have seem - what a sweetheart.

Hope to meet you both on the trails.

03-16-2009, 01:33 PM
With all your easy "sidewalk" hiking lately, Alex may not want to hike again until next winter! Not looking forward to the rock tripping, foot catching root trails. Looks like a great day to be out there! Congrats on 25!

03-16-2009, 01:52 PM
Brad and Rich -- thanks!!

Rich, yes, I'm a bit worried about that, actually. It will be interesting, having to rock-hop again. Then again, there is something to be said for being able to linger on a summit without worrying about hypothermia setting in....and also, it will be nice not to have to carry a hiker's convenience store on my back....and it will be nice for Alex to use hiking poles again (she couldn't with her heavy gloves on)...so I guess there are pros and cons to all seasons.

Really wish we could slide down the rocks like we can slide down a snow-covered trail, though. We shall miss that, yes indeed.

KD Talbot
03-16-2009, 05:15 PM
Great trails and a great hike, picture perfect day. Glad you two got to do this on such a winter's day!


03-16-2009, 10:21 PM
Great as always Trish. Doesn't that girl ever do anything but smile. You've got to try to bottle that in case you need it when she becomes a teenager. (No, really - I mean it ;)).

Glad you've decided to make video a regular TR feature. Fun to watch!

Jimmy Legs and Little d
03-17-2009, 01:14 PM
You and Alex had a great day to finish up the winter season. If I had to pick my favorites hiking season it would be winter. Rich forgot to mention two other problems with spring hiking besides the roots, rocks; boot sucking mud and BLACK FLIES.:eek:
Look forward to your spring adventures.
little d

03-17-2009, 05:17 PM
KDT, Mark and little d -- thanks!!

I'm really, really looking forward to spring. That nice warm air rejuvenates me. Bugs will be difficult, though -- so used to not having them around. Ah well, each season has its good points and its bad points.