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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 4, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Decent sized somewhat soft gravel is good for summer parking of quite a few cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock steps 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Yesterday's rain made the usual mud and slippery (on downhills) ledge areas a bit worse, but they won't impede the hiking. Mt. Kinsman is well brushed and recent work has helped with some mud spots. I remember being on this trail in 2002 when it wasn't used much. I liked it alot (still do) but thought it would be a nightmare to maintain with moderate use and it does have erosion to roots and ledges in places, in its upper sections especially. Kinsman Ridge has even more mud and exposed ledge from erosion. Today's heavy use is tough on a trail; makes mid-winter more appealing.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I think Pepper would give both trails four paws up for moderate slopes, shade, woods A/C, water and solitude. Ol' mighty tough loved sippin and dippin in the streams. 
Bugs
Bugs: A few black flies were biting on S. Kinsman during our snack stop. Other than that nothing. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We hardly saw a soul above Bald Knob. Two people went by when we stopped at the N. Kinsman lookout, and that was it until the end of the hike. For a Fourth of July weekend it was a bit eerie; I thought we might end up in the Twilight Zone. Once again the peaks were in the clouds, at least while we were up there. Came back to the car to find yet another flat tire. Oh well, it still was a great way to spend the 4th.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-07-04 
Link
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