Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot is open and room for a good number of cars. Should remain this way until some significant snow. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First was a bit open and unstable. There was a better crossing a bit upstream. Others were fine. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were three or four smaller blowdowns after the Bad Knob junction. There were two bigger ones just after the junction which will require more work and have herd paths around them. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw my first hiking Bulldog! He and the Shepherd we saw looked like they were enjoying the day. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Down low only a dusting. As the road steepend there was enough ice to use spikes. You could bare boot also with care. From Bald Knob junction spikes were needed as the amount of ice increases. I stayed in spikes but my wife went to the trail crampons on the steeper section of Mt Kinsman Trail. There were significant ice flows and domes. Kinsman Ridge Trail had more ice which was harder and put spikes to their limit. Trail crampons or full crampons worked much better though the majority were in spikes and some bare booting.
Clouds were high enough for great views. As always a great day out with Karen.  
Name: Krobi 
E-Mail: robisho at Comcast dot net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-02-06 
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