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Kinsman Mountain (North Peak), Kinsman Mountain (South Peak), Bald Peak
Easton, NH, Lincoln, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Kinsman Ridge Trail near the north peak
Looking up the Kinsman Ridge Trail near the north peak

Route: Mt. Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, (Kinsman Mountain North Peak), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (Kinsman Mountain South Peak), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (Kinsman Mountain North Peak), Kinsman Ridge Trail, Mt. Kinsman Trail, spur path, (Bald Peak), spur path, Mt. Kinsman Trail

While high winds in the forecast again, it seemed like a good day not to go above treeline. Thus, perhaps it was a good idea to ascend something with a bit more tree coverage, such as the Kinsmans.

After finding a makeshift parking area adjacent to the somewhat-hard-to-find Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead, we put on our snowshoes and headed up the trail. The first section of trail, really a series of woods roads, was covered with a thin base of frozen granular and ice with a little bit of powder on top. Beyond the Bald Peak spur trail junction, the depths quickly picked up. Other than the icy top portion of the trail, it was fairly easy going.

Once at the Kinsman Ridge Trail, we added some layers and soon made our way up a series of short icy scrambles (MSRs were fortunately adequate). At the summit of North Kinsman, we had blue sky but no views, due to an undercast.

Our next stop was South Kinsman. The ridge was rather beautiful with the blue sky and rime and snow on the trees. Perhaps the most challenging section of trail was the icy area coming off the north peak.

The views from the south peak were limited as well due to the undercast, though there was an impressive layer of clouds to the west and even a snow-bow visible.

By the time we made our way back to the north peak, we started to get some brief views to the east as the clouds worked their way through the notch. In addition to the Franconia Ridge, distant peaks such as Mt. Chocorua even appeared in the distance for a few seconds at a time.

On the way back to the trailhead, we decided to do a brief trip over to Bald Peak. While the Kinsmans weren't visible from it due to the clouds, the views in most other directions were rather nice.

While it wasn't a bluebird, cloud free day as forecasted, it was nonetheless a nice hike.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Bald Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 4, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:46 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 8:46 AM
Summit Reached: 11:42 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:56
Trailhead Elevation: 1,030'
Summit Elevation: 4,293''
Distance: 4.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,273'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:51 AM
Summit Reached: 12:34 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:43
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Destination: Bald Peak
Ascent Commenced: 12:42 PM
Summit Reached: 2:40 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:58
Trailhead Elevation: 1,030'
Summit Elevation: 2,470'
Vertical Gain: 378'
Hike Ended: 3:43 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:57
Hike Distance: 10.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,099'


The Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead on Route 116
The Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead on Route 116

Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the ledge near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's North Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the ledge near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's North Peak

Looking up the Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to the south peak of Mt. Kinsman
Looking up the Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to the south peak of Mt. Kinsman

Looking at the Franconia Ridge (snowbow to the left) from near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's South Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconia Ridge (snowbow to the left) from near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's South Peak

Looking down the spur trail to Bald Peak
Looking down the spur trail to Bald Peak

Looking at Cooley Hill and Cole Hill from Bald Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Cooley Hill and Cole Hill from Bald Peak

Topographic map of Kinsman Mountain (North Peak), Kinsman Mountain (South Peak), Bald Peak - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West from Lincoln to Route 116 North. The old Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead is on the right, between two rock pillars, literally just before the Easton-Franconia border sign. NOTE - As of spring 2009, the new trailhead and parking area are located just south of Tamarack Camp.

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