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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, Bald Peak, Kendall Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Bald Peak Spur, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Third in lot to start, about ten upon return 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The water has ebbed considerably since Friday and all crossings posed no issues, with multiple options on the main one, depending on your level of thrill. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We took out one 4" blowdown below the last crossing. The trail from the lot to the first crossing could benefit greatly from significant cultivator work if maintainer views this I will help - have cultivator will travel!  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Several doggoes out enjoying the day 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A FINE FINE day in the forest! Ms. Skittles needed these and is now in single digits for her first round! Woop woop! As with any spring hike, completely different conditions on the way out so I will remark upon that. The biggest surprise and delight today was on our way in we noted several trilliums and trout lillies that where 'on the verge' of popping. On the way out - SO many had bloomed! Scores of trout lillies to be found in the area of the WMNF boundary, plus or minus a quarter mile - ascent left. Noted several trilliums about to pop. Found a septuplet of trillium erectum just before the reroute hard right (at the sign) ascent right. Also found some Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) that are hours or days from blooming. A truly exciting day, spring is *finally* arriving down low!

Enough about the flora, you want to know about the trail! Spikes donned at the Mt K/KRT Junction, stayed on until about 3000 upon return. The trees where heavily peeing and it was moreso raining with the sun out. Mt K Trail has seen minimal traffic past Bald. KRT from Junction to South has a firm base but slushy. Snowshoes would have been useless, I did use my rock spikes though. We popped over to Bald on the way out which is extremely muddy to the col. No flowers blooming here yet - soon though! On the way out we checked out a roaring Kendall Flume. A fine detour! Met several folks working on their first rounds. Took turns sharing "The Throne"  
Name
Name: The Teal Goat & Ms. Skittles 
E-Mail
E-Mail: sea2thebiscuit@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-02 
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