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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Lafayette Campground on the Lafayette side. Arrived at 7am. PLENTY of parking. When I got back to my truck in the afternoon I was blown away at how many vehicles were in all the lots and up and down Rt. 93. It's amazing you can still have moments on the trails that you don't see any people with as many cars that were there late 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 difficult. Couple of tiny streams. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I am a fairly inexperienced hiker, this makes only peak #6 and #7/48 for me, but I did find the Fishing Jimmy trail to be pretty brutal at times. I knew I was in trouble when leaving Lonesome Lake Hut and the trail goes DOWN, steeply, for a good ways. It absolutely made up for it later on. As far as the condition of the trails, it was top notch. Difficult at times, but always perfectly marked, and totally clear of obstructions. Kudos to whoever is in charge of this. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw three dogs. As always, they seem to be having such an easier time than the hikers! 
Bugs
Bugs: bugs love me! (Unfortunately) but not on this day. I never even put the bug spray on. Probably saw three mosquitoes. Zero black flies.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was my first solo hike. Very challenging (for me), but ultimately super enjoyable. I met some great people along the way, ended up with some great views after the clouds and fog rolled out, and 'checked off' two more peaks. I descended on the exact same route. Arrived at trailhead at 7:15am, returned to truck at 4:45pm. This included at least an hour on the South Peak, and probably 45 minutes on the North peak. I also stopped and took a lot of photos, and really took my time up to, and around Lonesome Lake on the hike up. Images and the story from my day are included in the link to my blog below.  
Name
Name: DMC 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-07-18 
Link
Link: http://www.deancerratiphotography.com/blog/2016/7/hiking-north-and-south-kinsman-mountains  
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