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Kinsman Mountain (North Peak), Kinsman Mountain (South 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 new section of the Mt. Kinsman Trail
Looking up the new section of the Mt. Kinsman Trail

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

With another nice day forecasted, I decided to head out a few hours early and check out the new Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead. Located just south of Tamarack Camp, the grassy parking area appears to provide room for many cars, depending upon how they are parked.

The new trail segment went from a mixed forest into a softwood forest, crossing a seasonal drainage as it worked its way to the old trail, meeting it just before the sugar house. Other than a few sappling stumps, the footing of the new trail segment was smooth.

Not only was there no snow, but there were very few bugs to deal with as well. The views from the ledges on North Kinsman were quite good - it would have been a great day to be above treeline!

My next stop was the south peak. The short segment of trail seemed to drag on as I worked my way to the peak. The views from the south peak were also quite good.

While it was tempting to do some side trips on the way back, I wanted to be on the road prior to sunset, so I ended up skipping Bald Peak.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
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: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, June 4, 2009
Hike Commenced: 2:34 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,060'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 2:34 PM
Summit Reached: 4:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:58
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 4,293''
Vertical Gain: 3,263'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 4:50 PM
Summit Reached: 5:16 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Hike Ended: 7:39 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:05
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,994'


The new Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead off Route 116
The new Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead off Route 116

A violet on the Mt. Kinsman Trail
A violet on the Mt. Kinsman Trail

Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge as seen from the ledge near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's North Peak - Click to enlarge
Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge as seen from the ledge near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's North Peak

The Kinsman Ridge Trail between the peaks
The Kinsman Ridge Trail between the peaks

Looking toward Mt. Chocorua from near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's South Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Mt. Chocorua from near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's South Peak

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


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West from Lincoln to Route 116 North. The short road to the Mt. Kinsman Trail trailhead and parking area will eventually be on the right, just before Tamarack Camp.

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