Mount Cabot Winter Hike, New Hampshire

Mount Cabot Winter Hike, New Hampshire

Trail Distance: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2580′
Terrain Rating: Moderate to Easy
Hike in: 10:40AM
Hike out at 4:03PM

Trailhead: Just after the Berlin Fish Hatchery at York Pond Road, approximately 3.5 hours from Boston

Mount Cabot is one of the 4,000 footers that are farthest from Boston. Even in winter, it’s a difficult trek. We were fortunate to be skiing at Sunday River that day and took advantage the peak’s proximity. This hike took us 5 hours, 20 minutes. This was quicker than the hike to Mount Waumbek which is only 1.6 miles longer! The trail was already cleared by President’s Day Weekend hikers so we didn’t need to break it. Mount Cabot is an excellent beginner winter hike with good tree coverage.

Bunnell Notch Trail’s first 3 miles are not very interesting. The trail is flat and the trees aren’t very beautiful. There are also no views. This was a fast hike. It was not easy, though there were some tricky streams crossing with melting snow. The snow was packed down but slushy. You’ll begin the climb once you reach Kilkenny Ridge Trail. From here, it’s approximately 1.8 miles to Mount Cabot. This area had a higher elevation which was much more fascinating. After a while, we started to work and took a few photos of the snow-covered trees high up. A view point is located about half a mile from the cabin. I recommend you make the short trip to see it!

Cabot Cabin was reached at 1:45 PM. We ran into some hikers once we reached the Cabot Cabin. Most people will leave their bags here and hike up to the summit in 20 minutes. You can also put on heavier layers here, since the peak is windy and less covered. After taking a few photos of the peak, we headed back down the mountain. We flew down to the parking lot in less than two hours thanks to the slushy snow.

  • 2L water in my MSR Drromlite
  • 4 Granola bars
  • 1 baselayer shirt
  • Patagonia Down Sweater
  • Wool socks and my Salomon Anka CS WP
  • Athleta Winter Leggings
  • Osprey Pack
  • Insulated gloves
  • Leki Hiking Poles
  • MSR Evo Snowshoes
  • Emergency Gear: Headlamps, First-Aid Kits, Swiss Army Knife, and Headlamps


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