Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cannon Mountain, Northeast Cannonball, North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Dodge Cutoff, Hi-Cannon Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked in the Northbound lot, surprisingly a fair bit of room still at 8AM, and a few spots were available in the Southbound lot too. Both lots spilled out a little ways onto the highway later in the day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing notable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The start of the Dodge Cutoff from Lonesome Lake is somewhat obscured by herd paths everywhere. A blaze or two at the start and brushing in the false paths would help the situation greatly. The middle section is also a little brushy and a stretch of bog bridges are shot. The Kinsman Ridge Trail over the Cannonballs was in good shape overall, with numerous fairly new bog bridges, but the center stretch of bridges (nearish the middle cannonball) need to be replaced. Also, there is a stacked blowdown in the blowdown area on the final PUD before Kinsman Junction. All other trails in the usual late-summer decent shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The Hi-Cannon ladder might be tricky depending on the dog, otherwise it should all be manageable for experienced trail dogs. 
Bugs: One or two bugs here and there, nothing major. Seems we finally finished with bug season! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Finally did a Cannon-Kinsmans loop after bailing on it 7 years back. A rough, rugged route that is far harder than 13 miles would suggest, though after getting to Coppermine Col it isn't too bad. Lots of up and down over the Cannonballs, but honestly I expected worse. Cannon was socked in for my 45-minute stay there (the norm for me on this mountain...), but by the time I hit Coppermine Col all the fog was gone and the cloud deck had raised enough to make for a nice afternoon. Lonesome Lake was a zoo as expected, I didn't stay for more than a couple pics across the lake. Congrats to the 48 finishers that were just about to Cannon when I left.  
Name: madmattd 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-08-25 
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