Everybody's spirits still seemed good.
I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot from this hike. When we got to N. Kinsman, we were socked in the clouds, so we headed to S. Joined Ally and a crew from Boston for this one. It was a bluebird day - cold - and breezy. I don't know how I have been so fortunate to have so many hiking partners!! This was a tough mountain perhaps because of the mental game of hiking solo. But I managed bald peak, north and south kinsman in 4.
Lots of sun in the start and lots of clouds in the end. I only saw 2 fellow hikers all day. Was running out of daylight so didn't make it to South Kinsman.
NORTH KINSMAN | 4,293′ | Strenuous
The most climbing aids of any trail I've climbed. First 4,er in nine years. Got to see Kinsman Pond for the first time. Had lunch at the N. Kinsman viewpoint. Visited a friend at Lonesome Lake Hut for a couple of hours before heading back down. Even saw a Nobo thru-hiker.
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We checked in and dropped off extra gear and clothing then headed to North Kinsman. Spent some time hanging out on the open ledge. Went up Fishin Jimmy Tr which had some ice ascents. North Kinsman first. On the way back from S. Kinsman, had lunch from the viewpoint ledge.
Started early, really hot day in store and water can be an issue Much better. Summit offered great views of Franconia ridge with Lafayette and Lincoln peaks just hidden in the clouds. The colors were at peak time as well. Couldn't have asked for a better day. First summit for my Uncle Mike above 4k in the Whites. Was overcast most of the day with snow showers.
Decided not to do Cannon when my water started to freeze. Was a bit surprised with the amount of people on the trail - Lonesome Lake had quite a few people staying over night. I guess it would also be the 5th of 5 peaks, if you count the second traverse to get back down Gorgeous day on the trails. We all fell descending south side of South Kinsman. Difficult for me, but satisfying.
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Challenges featuring North Kinsman. Most climbed peaks Popular peaks.
Mount Washington. Mount Lafayette. Mount Monadnock. Mount Moosilauke. Little Haystack Mountain. Mount Eisenhower. Mount Jefferson. Cannon Mountain. Pack Monadnock Mountain. South Kinsman Mountain. Mount Whiteface.
Fumbling Around In The Woods: North Kinsman (4, ft) & South Kinsman (4, ft)
South Mount Hancock. South Twin Mountain. North Tripyramid. Mount Passaconaway. Middle Tripyramid. Galehead Mountain. Nearest peaks. North Kinsman, NE Peak. Cannon Balls, West Peak. Cannon Balls, Center Peak. Cannon Balls, NE Peak.
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Mittersill Mountain. Mount Pemigewasset. Bald Mountain. Eagle Cliff. Blue Ridge Mountain-North Peak. North Lafayette. North Kinsman Notch Peak. Scarface Mountain. Big Bickford Mountain. Big Coolidge Mountain. Garnet Mountain. Whaleback Mountain. Mount Waternomee. Highest peaks.
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Mount Quincy Adams. Mount Monroe West Peak. North Twin Mountain. The trail itself is mainly loose dirt and slick rocks but if you watch your footing you'll be fine. It is four miles round trip. About halfway up you get a pretty good view of Echo Lake, that sits right at the base of the foot mountain. The next view after that is from a little side path that is about feet long off to the left.
You cant miss it. This will bring you right on top of that giant cliff I was telling you about earlier. Cannon's summit is roughly a 25 minute hike from that over look. The summit is a lookout deck that has coin operated binoculars so make sure you bring at least 50 cents! The summit is feet up and has degree views. Lastly there is a gondola that runs up the side and runs pretty much year round.
Some people like to hike up and take the ride down, or vice-versa. All around it is a great hike with awesome views. More Nearby Adventures. Overall rating:. The Outbound Collective.