Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Kinsman, South Kinsman, Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 1, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hiker parking lot at Lafayette Place Campground is still closed and inaccessible. There are spots for about 12 cars if you turn right and park near the ranger station. Lots of parking northbound at Falling Waters/Old Bridle and then walk under the highway.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The small one on Hi-Cannon is open and easily rock hopped.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Missing sign at the Hi-Cannon/KRT junction. The KRT sign is there (white), the old Hi-Cannon sign is gone. Two trees down at the very bottom of Hi-Cannon. One is blocking the junction and people are making a trail next to it. The other is a 10” diameter climb-over about 50’ up the trail. There’s a walk around blowdown on KRT between the Hi-Cannon junction and the summit of Cannon. Lots of small cleanup to be done on KRT over the Cannonballs, but nothing pressing.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found an XL black Marmot flip-top glove on Hi-Cannon. Email me and I’ll get it back to you.  
Comments: We started off at 8:30 in spikes. It was already 32° at the car, so we knew snowshoes were in our future. Sure enough, we ended up switching to snowshoes 2.65 miles in right before the steep climbing begins on Fishin’ Jimmy. At that point, there was just a small amount of slush on the surface. We weren’t postholing, but why expend all that energy when you can pop on televators and cruise up the hills? In any case, the trail from Lonesome Lake all the way to South Kinsman was fairly hard packed so if you go for the Kinsmans early morning or if it cools off, spikes could work. After the Kinsmans we decided to tack on Cannon and were grateful for snowshoes. Both KRT over the Cannonballs and Hi-Cannon had seen very little traffic so weren’t packed and everything was softening up considerably anyway from the warm weather. Back at the Lonesome Lake trail junction (very close to the trailhead) the trail was basically an inch or two of slush.  
Name: WanderingSoules 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-01 
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