Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, Mt. Wolf, NH
Trails: Basin-Cascades Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Kinsman Pond Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of parking at Beaver Brook and the Basin at 8AM and 5PM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We were able to rock hop the three main crossings on this route with a little effort. The first two were the trickiest. Third at the beginning of Kinsman Pond was easier than expected 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few fresh blowdowns going up Kinsman Pond. The 1.5 miles north of the Reel Brook intersection on Kinsman Ridge going up Mt. Wolf got hammered by the storm a few days ago. A few climb-overs, one crawl under, numerous walk-arounds, and one major clump of very dangerous looking lean-overs right on top of the trail. Plenty of smaller branches all over the trail and plenty of leaves clogging up some water bars 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Very rough and wet trail, as expected. Fin handled all 17 miles no problem, but parts of this hike (particularly the descent off South Kinsman) could be tough for inexperienced dogs 
Bugs: nope 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We saw 9 hikers between Kinsman Pond and South Kinsman, and that was it all day. Water crossings were easier than expected. It was raining melting rime ice on us from 3700 feet until we were over South Kinsman. As expected, the entire hike was incredibly wet and muddy. Waterproof boots were much appreciated. A bit of ice on the kinsmans but no traction was necessary and the spikes took a ride. A fine day to red-line and suffer in the mountains!  
Name: Spence and Dan and Fin the dog 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-10-20 
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