|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
|Lonesome Lake Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
|Date of Hike:
|Monday, July 10, 2017
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Easy parking at LaFayette Campground. Also flushable toilet and sink in campground near the beginning of trail.
|Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Only one small water passing on detour. Bridge over river from parking lot.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|A portion of the Lonesome Lake Trail is closed until at least end of July 2017 for maintenance. You are put on a detour which adds .3 additional one way miles and a bit steeper climb. The detour is mostly a dirt trail that looks like it would get muddy given any rain. Overall good trail maintenance.
|Fairly easy for dogs. My golden took it in stride. Should be doable for small dogs as well.
|Surprisingly still no bugs even with low wind conditions.
|Lost and Found:
|Saw a blue baseball cap hung up in tree along trail.
|Park Ranger said the Kinsman Pond Trail is prone to flooding during or after rains which should be considered in case you are looking to do a loop. North Kinsman peak is easy to walk by. There is a lookout path just before the NK peak with incredible views. Not much of a view on South Kinsman. The signs can be a little confusing as there are several signs along the way that bring you to Kinsman Ridge Trail, but that would add considerable mileage to your trip. No signs stating "this way to North Kinsman Peak," so keep your map handy. When you get to Kinsman junction stay straight ahead (left brings you to the pond and campsite and right brings you to another path to Kinsman Ridge). And resist the urge to head to Mount Kinsman Trail as that does not lead you to the NK or SK peaks.
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.