|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH|
||Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, August 10, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Found a spot at Lafayette Place northbound mid-afternoon, though cars had overflowed onto the entrance/exit. Southbound had cars lining the highway. New hiker shuttle was running (looks like a brand new van). |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Stepover birch on Cascade Brook Trail and Fishin' Jimmy Trail, both a few tenths from the hut. |
|Lost and Found:
||Lonesome Lake Trail was generally dry with some minor mud. First time up without snow since the major trail work was done. Many new steps and efforts to stop trail creep. A significant portion of the trail is still very rough and eroded, however.|
Cascade Brook Trail was a little mucky and has some badly worn bog bridging. With all of the traffic on this short stretch, it may be time to use the Acadia design and have bumpouts (e.g. 3-4 boards wide) every so often so that hikers can pass each other without stepping off the bog bridging.
Fishin' Jimmy had some areas of mud and wet ledge. One of the wood steps pinned to the ledge is no longer there, making passage a bit more difficult. Noted some additional rock steps added since the last time I did this without snow.
Kinsman Ridge Trail above the Mt. Kinsman Trail junction to North Kinsman is a disaster with lots of trail creep and erosion as the ledge scrambles. Time to put in some ladders, rungs, and/or steps. Ditto some areas between the peaks.
Refreshingly nice weather today in the midst of this wet, hot summer. Despite being a weekday afternoon/evening, the trails were very busy. Must have seen between 100 and 200 hikers.
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.