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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 Mt. Kinsman Trail
Looking up 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 a bad weather forecast, we opted to take a mild approach to the Kinsmans via the Mt. Kinsman Trail. Due to deep mud, the new parking area was inaccessible, resulting in roadside parking.

The snow didn't start with any consistency until the first water crossing. A short while after passing the Bald Peak spur junction, it was time for snowshoes.

The ledge scrambles on the Kinsman Ridge Trail were nicely filled in, making for relatively easy travel. While there weren't any views on North Kinsman at first, things cleared out as we reached South Kinsman. By the time we made it back to North Kinsman, the views were halfway decent - much to the contrary of the forecast. Adjacent to the highpoint, I bushwhacked a few dozen feet west to a really nice viewpoint (courtesy the deep snow).

While the forecast was for light rain, we made it back to the trailhead under partly sunny skies.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Hike Commenced: 9:03 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,045'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 9:04 AM
Summit Reached: 11:49 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 4,293'
Vertical Gain: 3,263'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:53 AM
Summit Reached: 12:31 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Hike Ended: 3:34 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,009'


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

Looking at South Kinsman and Mt. Moosilauke from near the summit of North Kinsman - Click to enlarge
Looking at South Kinsman and Mt. Moosilauke from near the summit of North Kinsman

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

North Kinsman as seen from South Kinsman - Click to enlarge
North Kinsman as seen from South Kinsman

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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