Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, Dodge Cutoff, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Kinsman Pond Trail, Basin Cascade Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked at OBP TH and walked thru the icy tunnel. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: the crossing on Kinsman Pond was ice bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Kinsman pond could use some cutting back. and there is one recent messy hemlock across the trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw A LOT of dogs. all of them were fine and seemed to be having a good time. bring water. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: we took the scenic route. microspikes worn by all. saw a few carrying snowshoes. a few drifty spots around the lake/ponds. There are 4 significant icy patches on FJ. The 4th was the toughest for me. I made it in micros, but did switch to Hillsound pro trail crampons, coming off of North Kinsman for the icy steep. kept them on until low on Kinsman Pond before switching back to micros, because the bindings were hurting my feet. While there were plenty of people out enjoying the day, we had the summit of South Kinsman all to ourselves. (winds were light). It appears that many hikers think the outlook on the north knob of South Kinsman is the summit when they actually have .10m to go. From the cairn chair, I could see a group of hikers standing over there and then turn around. Oops. On the decent I chose to avoid the ice and we came down Kinsman Pond, walking the edge of the pond itself. Kinsman Pond is choppy. Maybe broken out weeks ago, by a snowshoer, but not what you would call a packed trail by any means. But since it sees so little traffic, we managed just fine. LL is a sidewalk.  
Name: hnd 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-19 
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