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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.
The lower Mt. Kinsman Trail
The lower 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

First two miles of the trail were smooth sailing with a dusting of snow.

Blue ice started popping up during the ascent above the Bald Peak junction. It wasn't a terrible amount, but you had to be careful. Otherwise, just a dusting of snow.

Kinsman Ridge Trail from the junction to the summit of North was very icy. Dull Microspikes didn't suffice. Crampons would probably be overkill. Generally most of the ice was low angle with a dusting of snow on the ground, but some of the scramble ledges were also icy.

There was also some ice between the peaks, but not quite as much as the stretch prior to north. Never encountered more than an inch or so of snow.


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: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,060'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 03:05
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 4,293'
Vertical Gain: 3,263'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:43
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:53
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,994'


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

Looking at Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge from the North Kinsman view ledge - Click to enlarge
Looking at Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge from the North Kinsman view ledge

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

Looking southeast from South Kinsman - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast 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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