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Hike Mount Cabot

Mount Cabot (4,170′) is the highest peak in the Pilot Range of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It is the northernmost of the NH 4,000 footers.

One option to hike Mount Cabot is as a loop with The Bulge and The Horn, both of which are on the New England Hundred Highest List.

The Mt Cabot Trail is permanently closed as a result of a dispute between the White Mountain National Forest and the land owner. There is now only one standard route to hike Mount Cabot. 

Bunnell Notch Trail – round trip: 9.6 miles, 2,400 feet, 6:00

The most common approach is by the Bunnell Notch trail. The route is a little complicated as you start out just past the Berlin Fish Hatchery on York Pond Road. The gate is closed 4 pm- 8am during the summer. Contact the Hatchery for more details.

The Bunnell Notch Trail is on the left hand side 2/10 of a mile from the beginning of the York Pond Trail. The trail 2.9 miles and often muddy.

Bear right onto the Killkenney Ridge Trail. This trail climbs moderately with switchbacks for 1.7 miles to the summit of Mt Cabot. There is a small cabin .5 miles below the summit that can be used on a first-come, first-served basis.


Alternative Trails

From the fish hatchery, one can hike to Unknown Pond, over the Horn and the Bulge (on the New England Hundred Highest list), and then to Mt. Cabot as a loop hike.

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The Bulge is .84 miles from the summit of Mt Cabot

The Horn is 1.4 miles from the summit of Mt Cabot

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Hike Mount Cabot, The Bulge, and The Horn


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Allison is the founder of which she began as a way to track and share her first round of the NH 4000 Footers. Now on round 5 (the first round for her dog Ruckus) she has been honored to have taken part of many people’s firsts. She is an experienced trail maintainer, speaker, and passionate member of the outdoor community. In New England, Allison enjoys trekking along the highest peaks, bushwhacking to less traveled areas, and has a fondness for sunrise and sunset trips. Outside of New England Allison has also thru hiked the John Muir Trail and explored mountains in the German and Austrian Alps, Israel, and the Azores. Her goal is to share her passion for hiking and backpacking with others, especially with women, to inspire them to experience the freedom of the trail!

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