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Mount Cabot Information

Elevation: 4,170 feet (1,271 meters)
Prominence: 2,674 feet (815 meters)
Location: Berlin, NH (Coös County, NH)
Range: Pilot Range
Coordinates: 44°30.36' North     71°24.86' West
Rating: Easy/ Moderate - The only really tricky part of this hike is getting on the summit of The Horn, because it is made up of several large boulders that can be difficult to get up. The length of this hike is also quite long.
Features: Cold Brook, Bunnell Rock, Cabot Cabin, Viewpoints
Distance of highlighted hike below: 11.5 miles with The Bulge and The Horn.

Mount Cabot is a 4,170 foot mountain located in Berlin, NH in Coos County, New Hampshire. The mountain is the tallest mountain in the Pilot Range of the White Mountains. It is the northernmost 4,000 footer mountain in NH. It has the fifth highest prominence of all the NH mountains.

Mount Cabot can be hiked as a scenic loop hike with The Bulge and The Horn, all on the New England Hundred highest hiking list.

Lists Mount Cabot are on: = A patch is available for this list
New Hampshire 4,000 footers
New Hampshire 4,000 footers in Winter season
New England 4,000 footers
New England 4,000 footers in Winter season
     New Hampshire Hundred Highest
New England Hundred highest
New England Hundred highest in Winter season
Northeast 111
Trailwrights 72 summit club
48x12 "The Grid"
     New England Fifty Finest



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8-19-11 and 10-19-13. Hiker standing in the same spot 2 years later: Between Cabot Cabin and the summit of Mount Cabot.

Mount Cabot Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Cabot as well as The Bulge and The Horn via a nice loop hike.

From the Unknown Pond parking area near the Berlin Fish Hatchery off Bog Dam Road, you will have to walk on the road for a few minutes to the start of Bunnell Notch Trail on the left side of the road. Hike on the Bunnell Notch Trail for 0.2 miles and you will come to a junction with the York Pond Trail. Stay right on the Bunnell Notch Trail and hike for 2.8 more miles until you come to a junction with the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. Stay straight for less than 1/10 of a mile and fork right onto the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. Hike for 1.6 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Cabot (You will pass a junction after 0.3 miles to head back to the Bunnell Notch Trail, and you will also pass Cabot Cabin).

After enjoying the summit of Mount Cabot, continue along the Kilkenny Ridge Trail for roughly 0.7 miles where you will find yourself on the summit of The Bulge. To continue over to The Horn, continue along the Kilkenny Ridge Trail for roughly 0.4 miles until you come to a spur trail on the right that heads up to The Horn in a short 0.3 mile ascent.

To head back down to the car (via the loop hike), go back down the 0.3 mile spur trail that headed up to The Horn, and continue (to the right) on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail for 1.7 miles until you come to a junction with the Unknown Pond Trail (and the actual Unknown Pond). Here you will go right onto the Unknown Pond Trail. (Left will take you to a different parking lot on Mill Brook Road in Stark, NH). Hike for 3.3 miles on the Unknown Pond Trail back down to the parking lot near the Berlin Fish Hatchery.

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Cabot Cabin Cabot Cabin 2011

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Click to download PDF Trail Map of The Bulge as well as The Horn and Mount Cabot

Mount Cabot Photos Top

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Sign near the Cabot Cabin heading up to Mount Cabot on October 19, 2013.

Mount Cabot Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for the highlighted hike above is on the Berlin Fish Hatchery property, and the gates are open from 8:00am to 4:00pm. (but sometimes they do open it earlier for hikers or if they are there)

Take exit 35 off I-93 to merge onto US-3-N / Daniel Webster Highway towards Twin Mountain / Lancaster. Drive for 12.3 miles and turn right onto NH-115-N. Drive for 9.6 miles and turn right onto US-2 E / Presidential Highway. Drive 12.5 miles and turn left onto NH-16 N / Main Street. Drive 5 miles and turn left onto Green Street. Drive 0.3 miles and turn left onto 2nd Ave. Drive 463 feet and take your second left onto Madigan Street. Drive 374 feet and take your 1st right onto 3rd Avenue. Drive 0.2 miles and continue onto Wight Street. Drive 0.5 miles and continue onto NH-110 W / W Milan Road. Drive roughly 5 miles on York Pond Road, and stay right at the fork. Drive roughly 1.5 miles until you reach the parking lot on the right side of the road.

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