Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Reel Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 6, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: If you're parking at Reel Brook use the auxiliary lot so as not to get yourself stuck or dig up the very muddy trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water is high, but manageable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All blowdowns on Mt. Kinsman, Reel Brook and the KRT between the two have been cleared with the exception of a large one on Mt. Kinsman Trail that Bruce with take care of next month. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The guy who was postholing this weekend had a pup with him. 
Bugs: One giant moose tick. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Yak Track found on N. Kinsman. Sent it down with another hiker. Postholer's hand santizer. 
Comments: Well obviously hiking down the KRT from S. Kinsman was stupid, but it did allow me to clear the trail of all of the blowdowns. A guy on Sunday or Saturday postholed the whole way passing the turn to Eliza Brook and heading down the drainage brook towards the bogs. I was worried about him, but his track rejoined (amazing!) the KRT in the col just east of the Reel Brook junction. I used his post holes to slow my butt sliding down the steep parts down S. Kinsman, so I'm throwing no shade on him. Trail depth is three feet (I measured the post holes) with standing water under the trail in many place. Monorails were solid with snowshoes at upper elevations, but started collapsing under my bulk on the .5 miles form Eliza to the power lines. Plenty of snow up there and the monorails will become weaker with the warm air. More snow coming in on Thursday. LOTS of moose activity in the col east of Reel Brook. The moose is bleeding from scraping off the ticks, so keep your eyes open, he/she might be ornery!  
Name: Axman 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-04-07 
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