Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Reel Brook Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Reel Brook Road is a long, narrow, unmaintained road. If you have a low-clearance car there is a small pull-off approximately 1/4 mile before the trailhead on the right hand side. High-clearance cars should not have any problem parking in the small lot at the trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There are many water crossings, all easily walked across at this time. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All blowdowns have recently been cleared away. The trail to the Eliza Brook shelter is wet, mossy, slippery, and muddy. That being said, it's not too bad, at this point you will keep your feet dry. The bog planks at Harrington Pond are decayed and underwater. Poke your pole ahead of each step to test the mud depth. One misstep and you will be shin deep in mud.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I did not see any dogs on this trail. The last three miles of this trail are very rocky. If your dog is familiar with rocky/boulder-filled trails, and you don't mind lifting him up in places or having him sinking in the mud up to his head at Harrington pond, it may be okay. I spoke to a friend who had taken his dog; he said his dog did not enjoy it.  
Bugs: None were bugging me ;) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: This trail has everything; varied landscape, beauty, challenging bouldering, deep mud and mossy foot paths. Reel Brook and Kinsman Ridge trails follow alongside Reel Brook then Eliza Brook until you reach Harrington Pond. The route is a captivating woodland fairyland lined with endless emerald pools and waterfalls. After Harrington Pond the trail becomes increasingly rocky with 'hand-to-foot' climbing and limited views. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with 360 views and a cool summit cairn with a built-in chair :).  
Name: solowoodlandwanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-07-01 
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