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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks South Kinsman, North Kinsman, NH
Trails
Trails: Reel Brook Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Mt. Kinsman Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Many tall rocks at the entrance to the parking area at the end of Reel Brook road. Be careful if your vehicle has low ground clearance. If in doubt, consider other options -- it's not worth your oil pan.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were nominal. Some threatened to soak my feet, but none did.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Bog bridge by Harrison Pond was submerged in both water and mud.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one pup who was thru-hiking the AT and living his best life, exuding happiness in the way that only pups can.  
Bugs
Bugs: Minor and negligible.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I get the sense that Reel Brook Trail is the unusual way up. :D There was one car in the lot when I arrived and when I left. From the junction with Kinsman Ridge Trail to the South Kinsman summit, I shared the trail with only AT hikers. So if having the trail to yourself is your bag, this is certainly a candidate. Know that just hiking up to KRT, the trail was in fine shape. It really wasn't until I hit the bog at Harrison Pond that things started to get soupy -- and be forewarned, the mud is deep in many places. And, of course, there is that steep bit that is pretty soul crushing. But if you've got clear skies, the views are amazing, and you've got a trail to yourself, which is pretty nice.

Pics are on my blog, as always.  
Name
Name: Protean Wanderer 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hiker@proteanwanderer.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-07-13 
Link
Link: http://www.proteanwanderer.com/2019/07/14/trip-report-north-and-south-kinsman/ 
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