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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, Gorge path, Mt. Kinsman Trail

After three consecutive days on the trails without much rest, I decided to do something a bit more tame - the Kinsmans sounded good.

The new section of the Mt. Kinsman Trail appeared to hold up pretty decently to the month of rain. Above there, the trail was a little bit muddy in places, but not too bad considering.

Though clouds were moving in, the views from the North Kinsman ledges were still pretty strong. Though my energy level dropped off whilst I had lunch on the ledge, I still headed over to South Kinsman. Though the sky continued to cloud up, the views were still decent.

Having walked by it many times, I decided to check out the Gorge spur trail on the way back down the Mt. Kinsman Trail. This short descending trail led to a neat gorge (shocking, considering the sign that said 'Gorge') with a waterfall at the start of it. While I was tempted to bushwhack down to the base of the gorge, I decided I'd rather get back down before potential thunderstorms moved in.

Fortunately, I beat the storms by a few hours and was back at the trailhead without getting rained on. Great success!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 11, 2009
Hike Commenced: 9:47 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,060'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 9:47 AM
Summit Reached: 11:43 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:56
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 4,293''
Vertical Gain: 3,263'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 12:06 PM
Summit Reached: 12:34 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Hike Ended: 3:30 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,044'


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

The gorge near the Mt. Kinsman Trail
The gorge near the Mt. Kinsman Trail

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

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