Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Reel Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 27, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only one car at the Reel Brook Trail lot at 7am. 2-3 at Mt. Kinsman TH around the same time. Open spots in both later in the afternoon. 
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: Multiple crossings at lower elevations. All were rock hoppable if we looked enough for the right path. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: A mosquito here and there but nothing too bad. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A gray sweater is nicely folded on the trail about a mile north of the Eliza Brook shelter. 
Comments: Had a couple of cars today, so we wanted to find a way to do a point-to-point on the Kinsmans. This was certainly a choice.

Mt Kinsman trail is still wet, but also a great fast hike up to the Kinsman Ridge Trail. A little care and good footing is all you need to be safe. From there the Kinsman Ridge Trail over North, South and down to Eliza Brook Shelter is wet, slippery, muddy, and today, humid. Well worth the trip if you've done the Kinsmans a few times, but maybe not a great hiking plan for your first time. Reel Brook trail was wet and rocky for about a mile, but the final two miles out to the trailhead were in good condition and looked more like a logging road than a trail.

Big bonus - a ton of AT through hikers this time of year, so you get to have all kinds of fun interactions.

Not a bonus - the bog. Unless you like wet feet. And boards that sink deep into wetness. And mud. It's messy.  
Name: Chad 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-27 
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