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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails
Trails: Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, August 27, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking was not an issue at a 2pm arrival 
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: I counted three water crossings, there were likely more than this. All were passable even with higher water on the 28th. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Missing wooden step on Fishin Jimmy, some steps were waterlogged, and some boards submerged on Kinsman Ridge Trail. The trail descending from South Kinsman could be better marked.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One dog, seemed to be in bright spirits, offleash. 
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies at higher elevations. Bees on South Kinsman Summit. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost one pair of glasses, silver metal frame. 
 
Comments
Comments: Hiked from the Basin to Eliza Brook Shelter, stayed 1 night, then back up South Kinsman, North Kinsman, and hiked down to the Basin. Challenging but fun hike/night hike. Would not recommend descending So. Kinsman in the rain + dark. We were fine in the dark. The trail descending from South Kinsman was poorly marked, we backtracked until finding a SOBO thru hiker. Eliza Brook shelter was packed, had to camp at a random spot near the shelter, barely room in the bear box for more food due to AT Thru hiker usage. Met about 10 NOBO thru hikers, 15 or so very inexperienced hikers without adequate gear, 7 or so appeared to be lost, and two SOBO AT Thru hikers. No injuries. One pair of lost glasses.  
Name
Name: Sam 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Sshepard3@une.edu 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-08-29 
Link
Link: http:// 
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