Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cannon Mountain, Northeast Cannonball, North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Pemi Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Kinsman Pond Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 3, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Lafayette campground and used the pemi trail to get over to kinsman ridge.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: 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: Cascade brooks was ripping and just above my knees. Was glad to have poles.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Fair number of blowdowns on kinsman pond trail; both kinsman pond and pemi trail are pretty over grown.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Present. Never used the bug spray though.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I had no illusions of being dry on this hike and that was accurate. Everything is soaked up there right now. Any almost level section of kinsman ridge trail is a mud vat. It’s navigable hoping from rock to wood to rock but definitely slow going. Most of the trails had running water on them. The stretch from n kinsman to s kinsman was the exception, much drier than everywhere else. It was a nice break. Boardwalks on all trails were waterlogged and so slippery. Greatly regretted the kinsman pond trail selection, that trail was a roaring brook and combined with the water logged roots and moss covered everything, was pretty treacherous. I kept thinking I must have gone off trail and be following an actual stream, but the near constant blue blazes confirmed I had not. Both stream crossings involved getting wet (like it even mattered at that point). The first one was an easy walkthrough but cascade brook was deep enough and forceful enough that I aimed for a safe falling place and was glad for poles. I picked a wider, shallower section to cross and the water was knee-high (just walked through with shoes on). Back up to lonesome lake was fine, mud wand water connecting the boardwalks, lonesome lake to the campground was a super highway and a nice break from the mud that dominated the rest of the day. Slow going for sure and dry socks felt great after, but definitely not a reason not to go.  
Name: Jenn 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-07-04 
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