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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: On the I93 side the tram was not running. The parking area was haphazardly plowed but plenty of parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A great first day of Spring “warm-up” hike on a “blue bird” day. It was warmer than expected and soon I was down to my base layer. I would classify this as an advanced beginner hike. The hiking distance is a short 2.1 miles to the summit but the elevation gain is steep and strenuous – 1000 feet per mile. Our group took advice from another report and used snowshoes with televators for the ascent and traction for the descent. In several places the hard packed snow had turned to ice which we avoided. It was important to stay in the middle of the trail since many postholes lined the trail. The overlook did not disappoint with its commanding view of the Franconia Ridge. Lots of skiers and hikers on the summit. Observation deck was open which afforded a 360 degree view with a light breeze. Coming down the trail we found it a little treacherous in places not helped by evidence of butt sliding. The hard packed snow in upper trail sections had softened up. Had a few traction issues even with Hillsound Trail Crampon Pros which have bigger spikes than MICROspikes but a little shorter than regular crampons. If doing it again under similar conditions I would stick with snowshoes and full crampons.  
Name
Name: Dexhiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: dexpcdoc@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-23 
Link
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