Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: One car at 6:45 am arrival, packed lot on return around 1 pm. Lot is reasonable size and can fit a couple dozen cars 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 3 notable crossings, all easily rock hoppable  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is in great shape. Wet and muddy in spots in the upper elevations, but relatively dry and wide before the turn to Bald Peak 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw about 9 dogs, all doing well and enjoying the mud 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Glasses left on sign at AT junction 
Comments: Hunted around for the trailhead for a bit due to Google Maps indicating our destination a few miles too early. Warm temperatures to start, hiked in short sleeves for much of the ascent!

Start of trail was relatively dry and wide. Much more traveled than expected. Skies steadily grew cloudier and light rain started about mid-morning. Pack covers were on before we reached North peak summit at 10:15 am. Upper trail was wet with some standing water in spots and mud. Very slick on ledges and ridge.

Thick fog on summits, no views today. Met most people on North peak over to South. Many groups coming from all different directions and lots continuing on to multiple peaks! Despite the weather conditions, still a great day in the mountains!

Full blog and pictures to follow.
Name: New England Librarian 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-26 
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