|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cannon Mountain, Northeast Cannonball, North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH|
||Kinsman Ridge Trail, Mt. Kinsman Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, January 14, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The three Brook crossings on Mt Kinsman Trail were frozen over nicely. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Dogs would not do well on Kinsman Ridge Trail from Hi-Cannon Trail to Coppermine Col. And I would have to report you to PETA . ;p |
|Lost and Found:
||Found a cup we had stashed behind a tree in October and forgot to pack out! ||
||ICE is the prevailing word of the day. It was pretty much everywhere, hiding underneath 1-5" fresh snow. Wore MSR snowshoes from tram to Cannon summit. Switched to full crampons for descent to Coppermine Col. Would say full crampons are required here given current conditions. Having done this section a few times in winter, conditions were exactly as expected. Resorted to front pointing down a few of the steeper sections. Most of this section was very steep. Micros would not be enough.|
Trail over Cannonballs was not recently travelled, but there was only 3-5" new snow atop ICE and many short steep scrambly pitches, so I stuck with crampons. Route over the C'balls was a gorgeous winter wonderland. Much more foot traffic upon reaching Kinsman Jct.
Trail over Kinsmans and back had the usual steep, icy pitches. Traction makes life much more pleasant here. (Actually met two guys barebooting). Descended Mt Kinsman Trail, which was quite icy as well...
Thanks to Fancypants for the car spot and for meeting me on the ridge. :)
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.