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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 Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to North Kinsman
The Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to North Kinsman

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

Snowshoes roundtrip with full snowpack.

The initial trail (relo) from the parking lot to the sugar house has full snow cover, but I suspect the upcoming warm weather will zap significant portions of this stretch. Snowpack increases gradually thereafter, reaching multiple feet deep by the first water crossing. Trail was decently packed out to the Bald Peak junction and firm granular this evening, but looked like it could get soft pretty quickly as the warm weather arrives. Most recent users had been snowshoers, thankfully.

Unfortunately, above the Bald Peak junction, the only usage of the last few days was a single parasitic postholer. A few inches of powder/drifted powder on top of a previously packed powder snowshoe track. Countless divets and postholes. I was able to repair a lot of this damage with my snowshoes, but there are still a few nasty postholes. The snowpack is deep, so heading up here without snowshoes in the coming days will be a foolhardy endeavor.

The trail sign at the junction with the Kinsman Ridge Trail was partially buried. The Kinsman Ridge Trail to the summit was fairly well packed out. The snowpack is deep enough that the usual ice bulge/scramble areas are fully filled in with snow and currently easy to get past.

Trail is not as consolidated between the peaks. Many feet of snow, as the average blaze is about 2 inches about the snowpack. One part of the current packed route near the col deviates from the trail, over a drift on top of spruce trees. If you posthole here in the warm weather, you may go in up to your neck, literally.

Nice sunset on the ridge, as the wind died down just in time. Great views from the added snowpack.


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: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Parking Elevation: 1,060'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 02:03
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 4,293'
Vertical Gain: 3,263'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,994'


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

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

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

The sunset as seen from South Kinsman - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from South Kinsman

Sunset colors as seen from North Kinsman - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors as seen from North Kinsman

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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