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Blue Ridge (Middle Peak), Blue Ridge (North Peak), Mt. Wolf
Woodstock, NH, Lincoln, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead on Route 112
The Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead on Route 112

Route: Kinsman Ridge Trail, (Blue Ridge Middle Peak), Kinsman Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (Blue Ridge North Peak), bushwhack, Kinsman Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Wolf)

Kinsman Ridge Trail was not broken out, so it was slow going up the steeps from Route 112. Another party came in part way during the day, so the initial segment is somewhat packed out for snowshoe use. Variation of powder, granular, and somewhat firm drifting. Snowpack probably 3-4 feet.

Trail was quite hard to follow in some areas due to minimal/faded/white blazes, as well as open woods and blowdowns. Also areas of extremely deep snow, in which top brushed branches are just above the snowpack.

We also did a short bushwhack to the North Peak of Blue Ridge (ie point 3,009; west of the trail), which was surrounded in snow laden spruce.

No sign of any traffic coming up the Gordon Pond Trail, but we could see some tracks on the pond itself.

We also did the very short bushwhack to the once recognized highpoint of Mt. Wolf (the middle of three bumps on the USGS), but found no evidence of the old jar. Thanks in part to the snowpack, the viewpoint on point 3,478 was fantastic.

No sign of any traffic coming to Wolf from the north.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Blue Ridge (Middle Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Blue Ridge (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Wolf
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Parking Elevation: 1,870'
Destination: Blue Ridge (Middle Peak)
Time Elapsed: 01:06
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 2,740'
Vertical Gain: 870'
Destination: Blue Ridge (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 02:15
Trailhead Elevation: 2,740'
Summit Elevation: 3,009'
Vertical Gain: 709'
Destination: Mt. Wolf
Time Elapsed: 01:55
Trailhead Elevation: 3,009'
Summit Elevation: 3,500'
Vertical Gain: 750'
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:32
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,929'


The drifted Kinsman Ridge Trail
The drifted Kinsman Ridge Trail

Looking down Kinsman Notch from near the summit of Blue Ridge Middle Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking down Kinsman Notch from near the summit of Blue Ridge Middle Peak

The Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to Blue Ridge North Peak
The Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to Blue Ridge North Peak

A lack of views on Blue Ridge North Peak - Click to enlarge
A lack of views on Blue Ridge North Peak

The Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Wolf
The Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Wolf

Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the Mt. Wolf viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the Mt. Wolf viewpoint

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West from Lincoln to the Lost River area. WMNF fee parking lot just after Lost River parking, on the left side of the road.

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