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Hike The Horn

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The Horn Information

Elevation: 3,905 feet (1,190 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 246 feet (75 meters)
Location: Berlin, New Hampshire (Coos County)
Range: Pilot Range
Coordinates: 44°31.08' North     71°24.01" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? 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: Peak Bag, Unknown Pond, Cabot Cabin
Distance of highlighted hike below: 11.5 miles with The Bulge and Mount Cabot.

The Horn is a 3,905 foot mountain in the Pilot Range in New Hampshire's northernmost county; Coös County. The Horn is flanked to the Southwest by The Bulge.

Unknown Pond is located to the Northeast of The Horn and has spectacular views of the peak across the pond on a clear day. The trails to the summit are relatively easy, but the summit itself is large boulders that can be a bit tricky to get on top of.

The Horn, The Bulge and Mount Cabot are all on the New England Hundred highest hiking list.

Lists The Horn are on: = A patch is available for this list
New England Hundred highest
New England Hundred highest in Winter season
     New Hampshire Hundred highest
52 With a View


The Horn Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of The Horn as well as The Bulge and Mount Cabot 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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Click to download PDF Trail Map of The Bulge as well as The Horn and Mount Cabot

The Horn View Photos Top


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Part of the Unknown Pond Trail on October 15, 2014.


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Views from The Horn on October 15, 2014.


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Views from The Horn on October 15, 2014.


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Summit of The Horn on October 15, 2014.


The Horn Driving Directions for the Skyline Pond Traillhead 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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