|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Kinsman, South Kinsman, Northeast Cannonball, Cannon Mountain, NH|
||Lonesome Lake Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, February 21, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lafayette Campground - About 10 cars at 7:00 AM, packed and overflowing at 3:30 PM |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
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|Lost and Found:
||Tremendous day up to the Kinsmans via Lonesome Lake / Fishin Jimmy / Kinsman Ridge Tr and then over to Cannon via Kinsman Ridge Tr and down again via Hi-Cannon Trail. There was a few inches of light fluffy snow on the trail to begin the day although two snowshoers ahead of us managed to pack most of it down. The trail was in great shape all the way to South Kinsman with minimal post holes and a well packed snowshoe pack (hopefully this did not change throughout the day).|
The Kinsman Ridge Trail over the Cannon Balls is not in wonderful shape. It appeared to have seen limited action since the last snow fall and with a few non-snow shoers it is pretty choppy and post holey. But with us and another snow shoe hiker coming in the opposite direction perhaps it is better now than before.
That really steep part with the beginning of the climb of Cannon was fairly difficult, especially for my son whose snowshoes don't have the traction that my Lightning Ascents do. The snow was fairly loose and with each step up he would slide down a foot or two. Even I slid a bit but was still able to make it up okay. The Kinsman Ridge Trail from NE Cannon Ball to Cannon is in great shape; well packed out.
Hi Cannon gave us no problems on the descent. The ladder was a bit iffy and I chose to walk down it backwards while holding on to some roots for added stability. We both made it down that okay.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.