Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Kinsman, North Kinsman, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room in the Lafayette Place lot at the Lonesome Lake trailhead today. This lot usually fills up quickly on the weekend. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing of small brooks on the Fishin' Jimmy Trail are easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The only large tree fall was on the Lonesome Lake Trail just beyond the junction with the Cascade Brook Trail. It is not in the way for hiking to the hut. There is a small evergreen at least six feet above ground on the Fishin' Jimmy Trail near the Forest Protection Area sign uphill of the hut. The bog bridges on the Fishin' Jimmy Trail are in good condition. Some of the bog bridges on the Kinsman Ridge Trail are deteriorated but were not problematic today. One wood step on the Fishin' Jimmy Trail is missing which requires a large step up or down for the wood step above. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw some dogs today. Dogs must be comfortable on steep ledges. 
Bugs: Some black flies when one is not on the move. Got one in my mouth at Lonesome Lake. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The ledges on Fishin' Jimmy and Kinsman Ridge Trail were a mix of dry and wet surfaces. The Fishin' Jimmy Trail had wood steps and chiseled footholds to provide for safer passage. The Kinsman Ridge Trail only has one small wood ladder which means that the contours of the ledge surface and cracks/crevices can be used to aid the ascent/descent.
Saw some leftover snow beneath a boulder aside the Fishin' Jimmy Trail marked by a glove hung on a branch. No snow/ice on any of the trails.
At North Kinsman there are two ledge east outlooks on a side path just south of the summit. The lower ledge allows for a view down to Kinsman Pond not viewable at the upper ledge.
There is a good view at the north knob of South Kinsman and an even more expansive view from the south knob at a large cairn. Thankfully the skies cleared out in the PM to permit good views from both peaks.
The hike allows for visits at both Lonesome Lake and Kinsman Pond. The hut is open. There was no caretaker tent at the Kinsman Pond campsite.
Hiked with four MIT students up to Kinsman Junction. Met hikers from Manchester NH and Williamstown VT as well as the Leominster ladies. Also two guys that hiked from Cannon the the Kinsmans.
Lots of Painted Trillium in bloom.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-27 
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