Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Kinsman Ridge Trail, Rim Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Nice big lot at the base. Very well organized today to accommodate hikers and tourists alike with the crowds for Flags on the 48. Thank you!  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, 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 wasn't the little streams crossing the trail that were bad.... Water ON the trail was miserable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One blowdown. Sporadic blazing, signage is good near the top. Flat areas that had major puddles and muck would probably be better served with bog bridges. Thanks. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lots of happy, well-behaved dogs today. Congrats to the 4 month old puppy on her first hike. Watch your dogs near the ledges. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Let's start with the thank yous. Great organization with the parking. Nice, clean outhouses at the beginning. Big shout out to the co-ordinators for this peak! Lot of work here, huge flag that hung from the observation tower was 28 pounds. They had other flags as well. Then, when it was over, they had a great cook-out in the parking area (something for everyone - we're vegetarian and there was a great caprese salad and a lot of good desserts)! We used to post a lot on Hike NH, so it was great to meet "Silent Cal" to thank him for his years of work on that. And thanks to those who organize this every year (nice to see Frodo).

So that's the positive, now for a little realism - Kinsman Ridge Trail needs divine intervention, a whole lotta love, or something. That eroded trench keeps getting deeper and deeper, but on the way down I was sure glad to see it, because it meant I was finished with the excessively steep and wet bouldery section. The constant water running on a good portion of this section was unnerving, was afraid of slipping many times. But it was a great measurement on personal improvements; first time I tried it I had to turn around halfway up. This time, it did not seem that difficult. Once you get to the first scenic area, the trail eases somewhat, then there is a last climb to the observation tower. The trail merges with the Rim Trail and there are a lot of viewpoints. Speaking of the first scenic ledges, it would probably be good to have signs here. This trail gets a lot of tourist traffic and there were a few confused people.
Name: Beckie and Prema 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-09-11 
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