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Kinsman Mountain (North Peak), Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Lincoln, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The heavily eroded Lonesome Lake Trail
The heavily eroded Lonesome Lake Trail

Route: Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, (North Kinsman), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (South Kinsman), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (North Kinsman Trail), Kinsman Ridge Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail

Lonesome Lake Trail was generally dry with some minor mud. First time up without snow since the major trail work was done. Many new steps and efforts to stop trail creep. A significant portion of the trail is still very rough and eroded, however.

Cascade Brook Trail was a little mucky and has some badly worn bog bridging. With all of the traffic on this short stretch, it may be time to use the Acadia design and have bumpouts (e.g. 3-4 boards wide) every so often so that hikers can pass each other without stepping off the bog bridging.

Fishin' Jimmy had some areas of mud and wet ledge. One of the wood steps pinned to the ledge is no longer there, making passage a bit more difficult. Noted some additional rock steps added since the last time I did this without snow.

Kinsman Ridge Trail above the Mt. Kinsman Trail junction to North Kinsman is a disaster with lots of trail creep and erosion as the ledge scrambles. Time to put in some ladders, rungs, and/or steps. Ditto some areas between the peaks.

Refreshingly nice weather today in the midst of this wet, hot summer. Despite being a weekday afternoon/evening, the trails were very busy. Must have seen between 100 and 200 hikers.


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: Friday, August 10, 2018
Parking Elevation: 1,770'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 01:39
Trailhead Elevation: 1,780'
Summit Elevation: 4,293'
Vertical Gain: 2,708'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:27
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,664'


The Lonesome Lake Trail trailhead in the Lafayette Place campground
The Lonesome Lake Trail trailhead in the Lafayette Place campground

Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge as seen from the North Kinsman vista - Click to enlarge
Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge as seen from the North Kinsman vista

The Kinsman Ridge Trail between the Kinsmans
The Kinsman Ridge Trail between the Kinsmans

Lincoln and points south as seen from South Kinsman - Click to enlarge
Lincoln and points south as seen from South Kinsman

Directions to trailhead: Take I-93 to the Lafayette Place exit. One walk across the campground to the Lonesome Lake Trail trailhead, which is just beyond the (seasonally closed) restroom building.

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