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Mt. Wolf
Easton, NH, Lincoln, NH, Woodstock, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Reel Brook Trail
Looking up the Reel Brook Trail

Route: Reel Brook Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Wolf), bushwhack, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Beaver Brook Trail

With a less than stellar weather forecast (which nonetheless called for some sun), we opted to check out the southern Kinsmans. Starting on the Reel Brook Trail, we found the first portion to be mostly dry with good footing and easy grades. After crossing a series of brook crossings (rock hoppable with the low water levels), the trail steepened up as it climbed up to the Kinsman Ridge Trail.

Once on the Kinsman Ridge Trail, we were treated to the status quo for that trail - ups and downs, mud pits, small scrambles (nothing as tough as the scramble up Cannon, but small scrambles nonetheless), rocks, and minimal views. Eventually reaching a small knob with an 'Outlook' sign, we had mediocre views due to encroaching tree growth and clouds.

After the outlook junction (on a somewhat sharp right hand turn), the trail dropped, prior to climbing again. Reaching an area with a ledge visible to the right and the trail dropping off significantly straight ahead, we opted to bushwhack up toward that ledge as to see if that was the highpoint. Indeed, just beyond that ledge (no views), we found the summit register for Mt. Wolf, only a few dozen feet lengthwise (and maybe a dozen vertical feet) off the trail.

Back on trail (and passing a lower mediocre viewpoint a few minutes later), we had a multitude of ups and downs with mudpits. Though the trail was particularly gloomy with the clouds and occasional mist, there were nonetheless a few nice sections in which hardwood glades and meadows were passed. Though we were dropping in elevation, the countless ups and downs made it seem as if we were still climbing. This feeling went away, however, after we passed the Dilly Trail junction - from there the Kinsman Ridge Trail dropped sharply down a long rock stairway to the Kanc highway. After a short walk on the Beaver Brook Trail (rather than doing a roadwalk), we arrived at our spotted vehicles.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Wolf
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Hike Commenced: 9:01 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,404'
Destination: Mt. Wolf
Ascent Commenced: 9:01 AM
Summit Reached: 12:04 PM
Time Elapsed: 03:03
Trailhead Elevation: 1,404'
Summit Elevation: 3,500'
Vertical Gain: 2,436'
Hike Ended: 3:14 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:13
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,366'

The Reel Brook Trail trailhead
The Reel Brook Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Pemigewasset from the eastern viewpoint on Mt. Wolf - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Pemigewasset from the eastern viewpoint on Mt. Wolf

The Kinsman Ridge Trail south of Mt. Wolf
The Kinsman Ridge Trail south of Mt. Wolf

Topographic map of Mt. Wolf - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 116 3.7 miles north from Route 112. Take a right (on a left curve on Route 116) onto a road marked with a hiker sign. Head down this dirt road for 0.6 miles, then take a left into a field where the Reel Brook Trail trailhead is located. The last portion of this may be difficult for vehicles with low ground clearance. To get to the Beaver Brook Trail trailhead, take Route 112 East from Route 116. The Beaver Brook Trail WMNF fee parking area will be on the right near the height of land in Kinsman Notch.

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