Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Kinsman Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I'm assuming the roads in Mass must've been pretty quiet today, as they were all parked at the Lafayette Trailheads. Had to park at The Basin, where the lot was half-full even at 9am.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some of the lowest water levels I've seen yet. There's still a small stream trickling down Cascade Brook.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Mostly good. There are a few bog bridges that have seen better days though. Kinsman Pond Trail could use some maintenance, as the trail has become overgrown and hard to follow at times. It's clearly not as well traveled as the others are.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw several dogs of various sizes who seemed able to do the hike.  
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Several articles of clothing were seen on nearly all the trails. Mostly hats and shirts.  
Comments: Great hike of the Kinsmans today! The weather was phenomenal, and trail conditions nearly excellent. Took Fishin' Jimmy up from Cascade, both of which felt like highways with how wide, flat, and dry the trails are. I envy the hut caretakers who get to look out over Lonesome Lake every morning toward the Franconia Ridge! Most people were courteous and friendly on the trails, though some were a little neurotic when it came to masks and social distancing. Speaking of, in regards to social distancing I do find it extremely disappointing and irresponsible, namely that so many people are willing trample 100+ year old lichen and various alpine flora in order to present their adherence to CDC mandates that don't necessarily apply to a mountain path... Just do what has always been proper hiking etiquette, move out of the way of the oncoming hiker, while staying in the confines of the trail!  
Name: Brettski 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-19 
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