Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 21, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Mt Kinsman Trailhead off 116 is unmarked (no signage). Lots of space. When parking you’ll see trail sign. No porta potties. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Two brooks (medium size) with stepping stones (no ice) and very manageable. Some small brooks with unstable/melting snow bridges. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: True summit for South Kinsman is confusing. Alltrails/Google has it at one location but “accepted” summit is about 5 mins away near stone throne cairn which is more open and scenic. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Some rock scrambling. Snow is melting so post holing is a possibility. Many brooks for water. 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Beginning of trail up to about 1600 ft mostly dry, no snow/ice. After that micro spikes needed. Constant monorail from about 2500 to peak. Post holes on sides. Started getting slushy on way down and more unstable. Couple of challenging rock scrambles to North Kinsman but not undoable. Great views from North Kinsman few feet away from summit (large triangular boulder we were told). Follow short trail leading to outcropping with large ledge overlooking Franconia ridge. From there follow Kinsman Ridge trail to South Kinsman about 1/2 hour in current conditions (two challenging steeper rock scrambles but not undoable). Summit is unclear because some sources say it’s at three way rocky intersection and other source says it’s at stone throne cairn about 5 min walk away. We went to both to make sure we reached both.  
Name: JMo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-22 
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