Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There are signs advising hikers to park only in designated areas and not on entrance/exit ramps or alongside the parkway. A State Park shuttle service exists to ferry hikers between Lonesome Lake, Cannon Tramway, and Falling Waters. If Lonesome Lake and Falling Waters parking is full, then there is a lot of parking at the Aerial Tramway parking. The service costs $5 per hiker which covers the transportation from your parking area to the trailhead and back to your parking. You can also use the Pemi Trail or the Recreation Trail to connect to these different trailheads. I parked at the Falling Waters parking and walked in the tunnel under the parkway to get to the lonesome Lake Trail. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant water crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in generally good condition. No obstructions. One missing wood step on the Fishin' Jimmy Trail that required a stretch up to the next higher wood step. The trail improvements on the Fishin' Jimmy Trail in recent years has made the footing more secure. The pathway on the Lonesome Lake Trail has great footing which makes it ideal for families and youth groups. There is a hint of a nascent gully forming in the Lonesome Lake Trail in some spots but it is not eroded much at this time. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw many dogs today. Some dogs required assistance in the ledge areas. 
Bugs: None except the dragonflies at Kinsman Pond which are not bothersome. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The hike features visits to Lonesome Lake and Kinsman Pond as well as North and South Kinsman which have great views. On North Kinsman there is an upper ledge outlook and a lower ledge outlook. The lower viewpoint allows for a downlook to Kinsman Pond.

It was nice to talk with Rachel and Elizabeth and John from Salem NH. There was a Girl Scout group from RI on the Lonesome Lake Trail and the UConn Outing Club on the ridge. A woman hiked her first 4,000 foot peak on North Kinsman. Saw two pair of AT section hikers.

Gliders were soaring about the area.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-09-09 
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