03 Friday, May 26 – Remarkably Unremarkable Bunnell Notch Tr. to Mt. Cabot

Rain all night, but I am dry in the tent.  Raindrops from the trees still pounding on the tarp, but earplugs softening the noise.

05:55 Awake, but it is raining. Decided to continue to sleep

Very slow morning – no reason to venture out while it is raining.

07:55 Wake up, but it is till raining. Decision is to wake up anyway and eat cantaloupe. Melon stated behind in the car.  I know, I am roughing it in the wild.

My tarp is leaking and water was accumulating all night on the lower good tarp that serves as a floor in front of the tent.

It is very unpleasant to put on wet cold socks and boots from yesterday.  Everything else is dry.  I put on yellow poncho and get out.

I spread good (floor) tarp over fallen trees and started my breakfast a good 3 feet off the ground.  Breakfast – first small cantaloupe, cut with machete – nice cut.  Advantages: no mess in the tent, ground takes cantaloupe seeds and crusts.

While rain subsided, I did modifications and repairs to tarp.  I raised it slightly using poles sticking from the ground.  I distributed weight from most crucial top tarp grommet into several grommets.

Plan for today – Mt. Cabot.  It means back to the car and drive 15 miles to the most popular trail in the region.  How many people would I encounter?

10:53 Departure from Camp Rain The river that yesterday I crossed over some logs today is raging and it is very hard to cross after many hours of rain.  I almost decided to change the plan till river subsided.

I actually started back for tools to build a bridge from freshly washed away trees all tangled all over the river.  But on the way back I found a place to cross about 200 yards away from the road.  It means complete wild bush on the other side.  To get back to the road and the bike I need to go over some wet and wild bushes.  Boots are completely wet from the grass.  My new boots are NOT waterproof at all.



05-26 11;55 Bog Dam Road - rain just stopped 05-26 12;01 Landing Camp Trail
11:55 – bike to car – +9.0°C – odometer 202.5. Bike was all wet.  Saddle is wet, front bag for tools is all wet. 12:01 Landing Camp Tr. – this is the last maintained trail in the Bog Dam Road loop. White sign on the tree warns that Upper Ammunoosuc Tr. is no longer maintained.



Near Landing Camp Tr. (less than a mile away, 0.8 mile)I decided to use my water filter for real for the first time. I am attaching plastic bottle with river water and clearly see washer with screen that we bought with Lira just weekend before at Home Depot ($2.27 for 2).  Now water is filtered, ready to leave, but the washer is gone!  Where is it?  It is my first morning, and so unpleasant to start with a tiny loss.  I gathered my mental capacities and without moving my feet much, tried to survey few paces that I was rumbling about between river and a tree.  And I found it.  It was right there on the ground between last year leaves.  Miracle one.  The whole search could not have been for more than 2 minutes, may be few seconds, but effect was powerful. “I am on the right track.  I am OK.”  This small black washed could have just float away in the river, but it fallen into the ground.


05-26 12;24 Upper Ammonoosuc Trail 05-26 12;47 Forest Road 159
12:24 – +8.5°C – notice very neat northern start for abandon Upper Ammunoosuc Tr. – wide corridor, very inviting start for an abandon trail. 12:47 – examine beginning of FR159 that leads to Jericho State Park. Many thorny saplings knee high, but it might be damaging for my bikes “not so formidable” tires.


12:38 cell signal re-appeared.  Received a message from Lira from yesterday evening (19:00).  Replied with an image of my current position from GPS App.


Much more attractive option a straight like an arrow path over water pipeline.  I did not examine it closely, but it wide, obviously maintained and clearly visible for as far as eye can see.

13:11 – note that gate at western leg of BDR is still closed immediately off main York Pond Road

13:43 – Only one other car at the trailhead.  Start my first hike on Bunnell Notch trail towards Mt. Cabot

Rain just stopped.  I’ve met only one other hiker on the entire trail.

Trail is wet. Eat trail mix.

I found first crooked, but very flexible walking stick.  It will travel back home with me in a few days.


05-26 York Pond Rd 05-26 Bunnell Notch Tr
Use York Pond Road to approach the trail head. It is ends here Bunnell Notch Tr – gentle accent on unremarkable path



05-26 15;07 exposed tree roots 05-26 15;08 exposed tree roots and trunk
15:07 What are these? 15:08 These are exposed tree roots.




05-26 15;12 snow is still visible 05-26 15;24 Mt Cabot trail
15:12 Snow is visible in one of the lower section, where sun can’t reach 15:17 – elevation 909 m- reached trail cross-road to Mt. Cabot Tr., Kilkenny Ridge Tr. After 3 miles of hiking.  Mt. Cabot Tr. No longer maintained. The west-most point of the entire trip is reached.


15:28 Time to turn back – 1.7 miles remain to Mt. Cabot


05-26 16;15 succulent greens 05-26 16;56 trail is covered with water
Very bleak and unremarkable trail. But these succulent greens stood out on a earthy background 16:35 Descent ends and road section of the trail starts.  Cute trail is covered with water here.


On the way up I made several  mental time-distance markers on the trail.  And now, coming back my calculations show that I could be back to the car as early as 16:48.

16:57 Back to the car and then drive back to camp.  Gates of fishery are still open and will remain open till June.


05-26 18;55 Camp Rain 05-26 19;16 titanium stove and pot
Around 18:00 – arrive to Camp Rain.  Stick raises the roof a bit for more light. Tarp on the ground creates a little mud room in front of the tent. 18:54 Ready to use alcohol stove for the second time – Pad Thai this time.


19:16 Cooking. Procedure is messy, as you need to squeeze peanut butter from a pocket that doesn’t want to be squeezed.

21:15 – 21:59 – write these notes into Journal

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  1. 01 NH Trip May 2017 - Preparations for the trip to Bog Dam Road (2023/03/09)
  2. 02 Thursday, May 25 - Drive, Search, Camp and Rain - Perfect! (2023/03/10)
  3. 03 Friday, May 26 - Remarkably Unremarkable Bunnell Notch Tr. to Mt. Cabot (2023/03/11)
  4. 04 Saturday, May 27 - Visibly Invisible Trail (Hunters Pass) to Ice Gulch (2023/03/13)
  5. 05 Sunday, May 28 - Relax to Unknown Pond (2023/03/14)
  6. 06 Monday, May 29 - Mud, jaws, bridge and rain (2023/03/15)
  7. 07 Tuesday, May 30 - We are so distracted by day job from our trail lives (2023/03/17)
  8. 08 May 2017 Bog Dam Road trip - Lessons learned (2023/03/18)

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