Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I think I was the fourth car in the lot just past 3pm. The lot has room for about a dozen normally parked cars. After that, you begin to get overflow. There’s not really roadside parking available but the trailhead either so I have to wonder what people do on a nice summer weekend as it must overflow. There’s room for a few extra cars parallel parked on the short dirt road in but not much.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The water crossings were noticeably elevated from all the water we’d had but were still roc hopable with soem carr; just a little tricky to not get the trail runners wet.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The Mount Kinsman Trail is blazed in blue. It’s blazed better than most trails to 4000 footers in the whites especially down low. It’s also well travelled so it’s easy to follow. Jus the aware that there are many paths intersecting the trail down low presumably from private property so make sure to stay on the blue blazed path; again, pretty easy to do with all the blaze though. Kinsman Ridge Trail is blazed in white as it’s part of the AT but like many sections of the AT in the Whites I don’t think it’s blazed very frequently at all. No blowdowns that I recall but writing this report several days after so my memory doesn’t suit me well here.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I didn’t see any. Some small ledges/scrambles along the ridge but most hiking dogs could easily handle it I imagine.  
Bugs: Not much.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None  
Comments: A nice little evening hike to the Kinsmans starting at quarter past 3pm and finishing just past 7:30pm. My quickest time on them. These were my 18th and 19th peaks for the grid this month out of 26 needed.

It had rained the night before (and morning of??) and skies were cloudy all day so things hadn’t dried much so there was still some wet trail and rock to be had along with the usual mud. Didn’t see many people out at all this late on a dreary weekday but nice to meet a man who was working on his 48 and going to stay the night at Kinsman Pond and do the Kinsmans the next day.  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-25 
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