Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 13, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Mt. Kinsman trailhead off of State Route 116. Two cars in the lot when we arrived shortly after 8 a.m.; lot full when we returned about 1:30 p.m. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The three brook crossings before the Bald Peak spur are all easily rock-hopped right now.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in superb shape.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This is a great hike for dogs, and it's one of Tuckerman's and Polly's favorites. There is one steep but short rock scramble just below the North Kinsman summit that may be difficult for some dogs; that's the only hard spot on the entire route. After the brook crossings, there's available water in small rivulets at 2,750, 2,950, and 3,100 feet. No reliable water past 3,100 feet, so carry extra.  
Bugs: None. Yay! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Someone found a pair of eyeglasses and left them on top of the trail sign at the trailhead.  
Comments: Lots going on for us this weekend, so time only for a quick up and back to one of our favorite nearby summits. Boy, the weather was gorgeous! Cool and shady in the morning, and ideal at the top with no wind whatsoever. That's probably why there were dozens of people on the trail and nearly as many dogs -- Tuck and Polly enjoyed meeting Arrow, June, Ruby, Chester, and Couley today among the canine crowd. Also nice to run into Old Man Ed Smith, his wife Kim and young granddaughter Jaylyn, who were on a hike up to Bald Peak. A few photos at link below.  
Name: The Feathered Hat 
E-Mail: stevebjerklie at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-08-13 
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