Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Lonesome Lake, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lafayette Place lot mostly plowed but bumpy and icy today, plenty of weekday spots though 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All frozen no issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One leaner and one duck under on the ridge, otherwise everything is in pretty good shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Maddie had a great day - like us she wore multiple layers and stayed warm as long as we kept moving - no specific hazards for winter hardy canines 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Blue bandana on a tree partway up Lonesome Lake trail, looked like it had been there a while 
Comments: Overall better than expected trail conditions for these two today - thanks to everyone who wore snowshoes over the weekend to keep things in good shape. Lonesome Lake trail was solid frozen concrete and above the hut Fishin' Jimmy and KRT were frozen styrofoam snow - we took the shortcut across the lake which seemed more popular than the longer way around. Sharp Hillsound trail crampons car to car worked great - we carried snowshoes to the hut and ditched them there, didn't regret the decision - there was a small amount of drifting in the usual places between the peaks and approaching the open area of South summit, but all very short lived and easily navigable. Braver souls than us could butt slide several sections of Fishin' Jimmy but the luge track of hard packed snow discouraged us on the steeper parts - a few tricky areas coming down where the usual large ice flows had minimal snow coverage, but manageable with careful foot placement and very little ice - definitely wouldn't recommend dull spikes though. The forecasted "isolated snow showers" turned into light snow the whole way down, not enough to really accumulate but no real views once leaving South summit. Mt. Kinsman trail had a nice looking trench, other trails around the lake looked fairly packed out as well. Only saw two other hikers today who also came up the same route, lots of solitude in the cold snowy woods. Spikes should suffice for these until the big warm-up later this week, after that please wear snowshoes to keep the track in good shape. Thanks Ali and Maddie for a great day and congrats Maddie on W46 and 47!!  
Name: Hikes with Maddie 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-02-15 
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