Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: the parking on the left coming in is snow packed. Several cars in that lot. The middle parking lot was snow packed and looks to be heavily used by snowmobilers. No one parking in this lot. The lot furthest in, was mostly tar. Half a dozen cars between 9 and 4. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: none 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: one blown down, easy to step over 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: meet 2 shepards make it to the summit. 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: found a lost items but was able to return it to its owner on the way down 
Comments: 3/17/21 9.5 miles RT, 3,225 ft of elevation gain, 4hr 30mins moving time, 6 hrs total including breaks, lunch, view and chatting with some friendly hikers. Couldn't have asked for a better hiking day. It you have a bluebird day on your hands, this is the hike to do for the views. I had considered coming up from the Rte 116 side, but I glad I chose this route. Numerous views all day.
Conditions were very good in the morning before the temps warmed up. Monorail was solid. Some loose powder in sections. Easy to manage with micro spikes. Some post holing along the edge. Be prepared for some steep climbing. The trip up to Lonesome Lake, 1.5 miles, had over 1000 ft of elevation gain. We opted to hike across the lake. No issues. The first mile on Fishing Jimmy was pretty mellow, then you get to the steep stuff. There were a couple of icy climbs over rocks. Overall, nothing technical. Mile 4 which brings you up to the North Peak, was over 1000 ft of gain. There were some awesome outlooks toward Franconia Ridge and Cannon. The trek over to the South Peak had some drifting, micro spikes were fine. There is a nice lookout just before South Peak, but be sure to go up the next rise to the true summit marked by a large cairn. Nearly 360 degree views from the South Peak. By the afternoon, the warmer temps had turned the monorail to a soft, slick surface. Micro spikes or snowshoes are beneficial, especially on the steep descent. Marking this on as one of my favorite.  
Name: Diane Stuart 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-18 
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