Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, Northeast Cannonball, Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lafeyette Campground lot pretty quiet at 9am.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All very easily passable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blowdowns along Kinsman Ridge Trail in the Cannon Balls section. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: All were friendly! 
Bugs: NONE! But it was a very windy day, which may have helped. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I found a head band, only to realize it was my hiking buddy's that had just dropped it.  
Comments: I expected terrible things today being mud season, bug season, and monorail season. But it really was very pleasant! The mud along Kinsman Ridge Trail was pretty epic at times. Bring hip waders, or at least a change of socks. Don't trust the planks across the mud--they're sooooo slippery! I did a quick rock hop across some mud to a plank and ended up flat on my back as soon as my feet hit the plank. There was almost no snow whatsoever. There was the tiniest bit of monorail in a few places, but all easily avoided. I had spikes and never took them out of the pack. I'd still recommend bringing them though, because, well, why not? A little bit of overnight ice and I could see wanting them. We went up Fishin' Jimmy to North and South Kinsmans, then back across the Cannon Balls and up KRT to Cannon, then down Hi-Cannon. I really enjoyed the upper part of Hi-Cannon, but the constant switchbacks on the lower portion got a bit old. As an extra reward (aka challenge), we got to help an injured hiker back to the lot--he believed he broke his leg, and couldn't put any weight on it. We carried him out the last quarter mile or so, thanks to teamwork from a few of us; although, it's amazing how long a quarter mile is when you're carrying someone out over rocks, roots and bridges!  
Name: Tom Burt 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-01 
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