Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cannon Mountain, North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Cascade Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 18, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: It rained heavily on the night of 7/17 when we were camped at Kinsman Pond and we paid for our overnight with a mess of a trail on the 18th. Much of Fishin'Jimmy on the way down from the pond felt like a water crossing, with a couple of very sizable crossings and one torrential section that required much thought and careful foot placement. This crossing was borderline impassable and if we were on the way up we would not have attempted it. As it was, we were up to mid-calf in raging water, being sure to make 3 points of contact at all times to avoid going in. This is a section of trail that ordinarily is a crossing where you make your way maybe 50 feet down the crossing/trail on rocks. Most of the rocks were submerged with raging water pouring over and around them.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are some sections of trail that could use a few more planks to help mitigate the mud on Kinsman Ridge and on Fishin' Jimmy.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: No bugs--the rain kept them away! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This hike was pretty epic. We started off on 7/17 from Lafayette Place Campground around 8am and made our way to Cannon via Lonesome Lake Trail and Hi-Cannon Trail. The ladder on Hi-Cannon was suitably impressive. Neither of us are squeamish about ladders but the dismount at the top of the ladder took a bit of careful foot placement. The views from the top of the ladder of the Notch were great--and it's a good thing we stopped to enjoy them because most of the rest of the day we were in a cloud/rain. The top of Cannon was a cloud. Coming down Kinsman Ridge between Hi-Cannon and Lonesome Lake is very steep and slow going in the rain. The Cannonballs were a bit of a relentless slog as we were promised they would be, and this was a hard part of the hike because it was raining more heavily. We made it to the pond and rested for an hour before leaving our packs and tagging North and South Kinsman without the weight. The sun peaked out of the clouds and we had some nice views of the Franconia Ridge. Back at the pond we had a little sunshine and dried out a bit on the rocks around the pond--very lovely. We stayed in the shelter for the night along with a few overnight hikers and some AT through hikers. It started raining again late in the night and drizzled all the next day on the 18th. We left around 7 and had to take our time coming down Fishin' Jimmy due to wet rocks, plenty of water on the trail/running through the trail, and the one very nasty water crossing about a mile up from the hut. From the hut down to the car again all was well. This was a definite adventure.  
Name: Tart 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-24 
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