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    York Pond Road closed to access Bunnel Notch and Unknown Pond trails starting Monday

    I was up doing a hike today to Unknown Pond Peak and there were numerous notices that the York Pond Road will be closed to public traffic starting this Monday (Oct 28th) during logging operations on the road. Hiker will need to park at the Mill Brook trail parking which is at the primary fish hatchery complex. Hikers can then walk by foot to the trailheads for Bunnel Notch and Unknown pond trail. The distance from the Mill Brook Trail to Unknown Pond trail head is about 1.8 miles so plan on an extra 3.6 miles to any hikes using these trails.

    The is the first I have seen of this They do not list an end date. The woods at the Unknown Pond trail head are marked up for what looks to be thinning cut.

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    If ones goal is to do the Cabot, Bulge, Horn loop. Then an out and back from UPT North is pretty close to the same stats. In both mileage and elev. gain. Just a little more driving involved assuming most would be coming from the south. UPT North is an awesome section of trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJoe View Post
    If ones goal is to do the Cabot, Bulge, Horn loop. Then an out and back from UPT North is pretty close to the same stats. In both mileage and elev. gain. Just a little more driving involved assuming most would be coming from the south. UPT North is an awesome section of trail.
    Doesn't that road get gated (is it Mill Brook Rd??) at this time of year? I forget where the gate was but that is like a 4.5 mile access road or something like that. I agree though that is a great trail and route. Much prefer it to Bunnell.
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    Mill Brook Road is like all the FS roads, they try to keep them open until past hunting season but any significant snow or icing can close them early. It does tend get closed due to logging more often as since its out of the public's view it tends to be managed for wood production.

    Of course there is always the option of taking the unmaintained former Mt Cabot Trail. I have heard but not verified that the problematical landowner who caused the closure is no longer in the picture. I talked directly to a homeowner who lives near the former trailhead last summer and he told me that there was no reason why people should not be using it again and the homeowners along the road welcome hikers.

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    The area north of York Pond road had a lot of birches and birch glades that got hammered by the ice storm of 1998. While hiking the loop up Unknown Pond trail to Kilkenny Ridge trail and then over to Roger Ledge there a lot of stands of dead standing white birch.

    The Bog Dam loop area has been subject to intensive management over the years and some of the stand developments that have put in place are impressive. I expect they are bit heavy handed by today's standards but the woods definitely have park like look to them (mature even age hardwoods with minimal understory).

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    Yes, forgot about that part. Most likely with in the next month I'd guess.
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    I've only climbed Cabot once, back in the early 80s. I did it from the East and White's Farm (Arthur White Road). When did this access cease to exist?

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    The trailhead from the west side (Lancaster area) was removed about 20 years ago due to landowner dispute with the USFS. He did not own the land at the trailhead but did own land along the road and claimed he could close the trail. There was evidence to the contrary but the FS and AMC did not want to cause a problem with other privately owned trailheads in the region. Since Bunnel Notch trail on York Pond road was available, the FS marked the section of the Mt Cabot trail as unmaintained and AMC removed reference in the guidebook. To someone from Maine, the York Pond access is somewhat closer but to the typical southern NH/Mass resident the Bunnel Notch option adds about 1 hour of driving. Many folks are informally using the former route and as mentioned the adjacent landowners near the former trailhead welcome hikers.

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    Thanks Peakbagger. Yeah, I meant from the West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    The trailhead from the west side (Lancaster area) was removed about 20 years ago due to landowner dispute with the USFS. He did not own the land at the trailhead but did own land along the road and claimed he could close the trail. There was evidence to the contrary but the FS and AMC did not want to cause a problem with other privately owned trailheads in the region. Since Bunnel Notch trail on York Pond road was available, the FS marked the section of the Mt Cabot trail as unmaintained and AMC removed reference in the guidebook. To someone from Maine, the York Pond access is somewhat closer but to the typical southern NH/Mass resident the Bunnel Notch option adds about 1 hour of driving. Many folks are informally using the former route and as mentioned the adjacent landowners near the former trailhead welcome hikers.
    According to a friend of mine today. The landowner does not welcome hikers and the trail is closed.

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    Here we go again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    I was up doing a hike today to Unknown Pond Peak and there were numerous notices that the York Pond Road will be closed to public traffic starting this Monday (Oct 28th) during logging operations on the road. Hiker will need to park at the Mill Brook trail parking which is at the primary fish hatchery complex. Hikers can then walk by foot to the trailheads for Bunnel Notch and Unknown pond trail. The distance from the Mill Brook Trail to Unknown Pond trail head is about 1.8 miles so plan on an extra 3.6 miles to any hikes using these trails.

    The is the first I have seen of this They do not list an end date. The woods at the Unknown Pond trail head are marked up for what looks to be thinning cut.
    I've done that road-walk (looping Cabot via Mill Brook from the East). As road walks go it's fairly pleasant, like doing Livermore Road or Tunnel Brook. Maybe more people will get to checkout The Horn (which beats Bunnel Rock in terms of views on the way to Cabot).
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