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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 drifted Mt. Kinsman Trail
Looking up the drifted 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

Not a fan of the eastern approach, I opted to hike the Kinsmans via the Mt. Kinsman Trail. While not plowed, the new Mt. Kinsman Trail lot had very little snow, thus making for easy parking.

There was very little snow for the first mile or so of trail - literally half an inch of powder on top of dirt. Depths increased as I climbed, finally justifying snowshoes above the Bald Peak spur junction. Nearing the ridge, the trail was drifted, resulting in breaking of about 6" of snow.

The ridge had already been broken out, making for pretty smooth sailing. The scramble ledges on either end of North Kinsman were filled in nicely. Unfortunately, there were no views from either peak due to clouds.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:09 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,060'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 8:09 AM
Summit Reached: 10:19 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:10
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 4,293'
Vertical Gain: 3,263'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 10:19 AM
Summit Reached: 10:47 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Hike Ended: 1:39 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:30
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,994'


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

Cloud as seen from the ledge near the summit of Kinsman Mountain's North Peak - Click to enlarge
Cloud 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

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