Cabot, The Bulge, and The Horn (AMC-NH)

TRIP SUMMARY

Description: Let's hike the northern-most New Hampshire 4000-footer, Mt. Cabot (4170'), plus two of the New England Hundred-Highest peaks: The Bulge (3950') with its wooded summit, and The Horn (3905') with its rocky summit offering fine views. This will be a MODERATELY-paced INTERMEDIATE-distance 11.4 mile clockwise loop on the Pilot Range through the breathtaking and remote Kilkenny wilderness. We will take these peaks via the Bunnell Notch, Mt Cabot, Kilkenny Ridge, and Unknown Pond Trails, in that order. The elevation gain is an ADVANCED 3577' and worth every inch. Estimated hike time is 7 hrs. 30 mins. Sorry, no pets, kids, or guests. To find the trailhead, please refer to this Google Map.

Environment: Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions so be prepared (see Gear Info below). As such, please note that the forecast or conditions found during the hike may lead to changes in our plans, even an event cancellation. The mountain will be there another day. To learn more about the weather specific to this event, please see these MWOBS and Mountain Forecast sites.

Gear Info: Specific hiking gear such as extra insulating layers and rain and wind protection are as critical as food and plenty of fresh water, while other items such as cotton articles of clothing should be avoided on all hikes. This is for your safety and well-being. Additionally, certain items -- The Updated Ten Essentials (PDF) -- should be in your pack at all hikes. If you're not familiar with the type of gear you should bring, or how to use it, do feel free to contact me for more information. Please note, for this event no specialized equipment is needed, but you will be notified if this changes.

Screening: Please take a moment to answer the RSVP questions when responding. It's for safety reasons this information be provided. Failure to furnish the requested information may result in removal from the activity. Also note, since this is an AMC-NH excursion, you will also be contacted by phone for a verbal screening. Moreover, you will be required to sign a release form or waiver at the time of the event. If you're not familiar with this document, a copy can be seen Here (PDF).

Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.



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  • Sue

    Thank you Mike and Rick leading and co-leading such a great hike. It was a perfect day and we couldn't ask for better company and weather. Yummy blueberries before and raspberries after the hike, who could ask for more. Super bummed I forgot my favorite shirt at Hiker Paradise & housekeeping didn't find it;( But the silly pictures make it all better. Will email to Steph and Mike later.

    July 29, 2013

    • Sue

      Mike you are truly a great photographer. It's not my camera that's fast, it's all you. I had to jump 15 times yesterday at North Twin. After all those jumps...no results I quit for awhile. Photographers were disappointed, but my feet were tried. If I want to get all 48s with me jumping in the air and having that captured, I may have to offer big bucks to take you as personal photographer;)

      1 · August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Interested :)

      August 4, 2013

  • Jay

    It was great to meet everyone. Mike, thanks for organizing and leading, and good call on the counter-clockwise loop. Thanks Rick for overseeing.

    July 29, 2013

  • Howard A.

    Thanks to Rick and Mike for a great climb/hike....great people too.

    July 29, 2013

  • Lora F

    A great first hike with Random group, good company, great views on the horn, no rain, thanks Mike and Rick for leading this hike #34 for me.

    July 29, 2013

  • Amy D.

    Sounds like a great day! How long did Cabot take you? Suggestions for a a trail for just Cabot?

    July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bunnel Notch Trail for sure. We took about 8 hours for our route I guess (and what a good route it was).

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stef and I ate so much Chinese food at the place in Gorham with Lora we decided we needed another hike to work it all off. We did the Imp Trail loop on the way back to Conway adding another 6.3 miles and 2351 feet of elevation to our day (total coming to 17.7 miles and 5934' of gain) -- woo-hoo. Gotta love spontaneity :)

    1 · July 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Whoops, with the road walk, on both hikes, we need to add .3 or so. We crushed book time on the Imp loop: just over 3 hours with a book time of 4:20 (tired, in the dark, and in the rain on the way down). Stef thinks she's a slow hiker, lol. Fun, fun, fun!

      1 · July 28, 2013

  • yvonne

    So close...car trouble...just got another jump in Gorham. May see you guys on the way down. : ( . If I don't have a great time.

    July 28, 2013

    • yvonne

      Hey Amy! What a 24 hours! Nerve-wracking journey to the trailhead. Too wilderness for me to attempt solo since I missed thevgroup although I did consider ot for a bit. Did Jackson. Aug 15 works for me. Hope you are doing well.

      July 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry you didn't make it, Yvonne. :(

      July 28, 2013

  • Amy D.

    Have fun tomorrow! Wish I was going... Mike, I look forward to the trail report as I am going in the next two weeks to do this one and am curious about Bunnell notch trail as it seems to be the most direct route to the summit.

    July 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wish you were coming, too, Amy.

      1 · July 27, 2013

  • Eric

    Sorry for late notice but my child care just fell through for tomorrow and won't make it. Have a great hike everyone!

    July 27, 2013

  • Sue

    See everyone in the morning. Jay and I will be heading to Gorham, leaving Cambridge around 3:45

    July 27, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Mike, emailed you Sunday, Thursday and again this morning.

    July 27, 2013

  • Rick

    I'm avail to carpool on Sunday, leaving really really early from the Concord NH area, returning in the evening. Please get in touch if interested.

    July 26, 2013

  • Jay

    It looks like I should be able to get to NH Saturday but is anyone heading back to the general vicinity of Boston on Sunday? If there's room in your car I'd happily chip in

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone. The hike is full again. If a slot opens up I will try to update here. Please note I am moving out of my house tomorrow and moving into a condo in North Conway Monday, thus I will have only limited access to this site's admin tool over the weekend.

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sue is in. Tell you what: Desiree, Amal, Denise, or Abbe... first one to call gets in.

    July 18, 2013

    • Amal

      Sorry Mike, I've been in meetings all day and haven't had a chance to call. I will try once I get off the bus/train

      1 · July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jennifer called and has been added to the attendee list. I still haven't heard from Desiree or Amal, so I will let the next two take their place. So, Denise and Sue, please call me at[masked] to be moved up to the active list. Thanks. Abbe, I know you want in on this and and Sue already called once stating it may be possible she will hike this with a friend. Thus, if that does happen, you will be moved up.

    Thanks for your patience and cooperation, everyone!

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jay has been moved up but another dropped and we still have two spots open. I haven't heard from Desiree so Jennifer and Amal, please call me at[masked] to be moved up to the active list. Thanks.

    July 17, 2013

  • Jay

    Hi, it looks like I'll be bumped up from the waitlist. Is anyone interested in carpoooling from Boston? I'll happily meet anywhere within about 5 mile bike ride from downtown the morning of the hike (T won't be running yet), or within a couple of miles of a T or Commuter Rail station if you're heading up night before. OR, I could get a zipcar if there are three or four of us to split the bill (usually about $100 total, including gas).

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Two spots have opened up. Desiree and Jay, please call me at[masked] to be moved up to the active list. Thanks.

    July 17, 2013

  • Amy D.

    I am so bummed but have to back out due to family obligations.... :(

    July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too :(

      July 16, 2013

  • Lora F

    signed up on the AMC site

    June 26, 2013

    • Lora F

      I did before this was posted you recommend Eisenhaur first which I also signed up for was not sure if I was on a waiting list or going list for AMC.

      June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      While I remember talking with you about the Ike hike or screening, I wish I could recall that conversation, Lora... but if that's what I said let's see how the Ike hike goes then we can take it from there. This is almost full though which is a worry.

      June 27, 2013

  • Amy D.

    Sooooo..... I was thinking of staying overnight the night prior in Lancaster and hitting Waumbeck on Sat but cant get there til around 330-4p and don't want to hike in the dark solo.. Anyone interested?

    June 26, 2013

    • Amy D.

      Book time..3 hrs...each way...I could probably do it 2.5....still gets me out at 830p... At that point worried about the animals coming out at dusk...

      June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was thinking you could get out by 8:30. It's a gentle trail so you should be able to make good time.

      1 · June 27, 2013

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