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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, Balk Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Bald Peak Spur, Flume Side Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room in the dirt lot. Low clearance vehicles should use caution as the entrance is a little rough. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy today. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails are in good shape, a couple minor blowdowns on Kinsman Ridge Tr.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy hike for Marlie although she did post hole a few times. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some black flies out in the parking lot upon my return.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The snow started around 3100' and the unavoidable monorail started soon after, right around the split rock. The snow was stable and microspikes kept you from slipping off the rail. An errant slip would cause a post hole well over my knee. No need for snowshoes. They could have been used for a few short stretches but would have likely been more of a hassle. There was only about an inch of snow left from Monday night but it was enough to keep things "freshened up". Both summits and most ledges were also snow free. Average depth was still around 2 feet. Bald Peak Spur was in good shape and the Flume side path was rather brushy.

Light traction is highly recommended to walk on the monorail rather than on the soft and wet mossy sides of the trail.

10.5 mi. 4000' elev+  
Name
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-17 
Link
Link: https:// 
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