Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, NH
Trails: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 30, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in the Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead parking lot on Easton Road. There were a few cars in the lot when I arrived, and a few more when I finished. Still plenty of room. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Was able to walk across the rocks on all crossings. Poles definitely help since the rocks were icy and slick today. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of duck unders and step overs. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kodiak had a blast as always! Crossed paths with two others, one who was heading to Bald Peak and one who was descending from Bald Peak. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. There was a black glove hanging on the sign at the junction of Mt. Kinsman Trail and Kinsman Ridge Trail. 
Comments: It was snowing when I arrived, and snowed until we were about 2 miles from the finish. It was lovely! The first part of the Mt. Kinsman Trail is extremely wet and muddy, and a lot of sections with wet leaves covering deep mud and water. All water crossing levels were low, but did need to use the rocks to walk across. They were icy and slick so poles definitely helped! After the jct for Bald Peak the trail had more snow, still a few muddy sections here and there but easier to avoid. We put on spikes just before the final slabs before the KRT. It was very icy under the snow. Once on the KRT, and all the way to South peak, it was fresh snow over ice in some sections, and some fresh snow over packed snow in some sections. With spikes it was totally fine and did not cause any issues. We left our spikes on for the descent, but the snow was so sticky and was balling up so badly we took them off at the jct for Bald Peak. It was great to cross paths with so many friends out there today!  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-30 
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