I spent a very rainy Saturday bagging numbers 9 and 10 on my list: the Kinsmans. I started on the Mt. Kinsman Trail (which was pretty difficult to find) which led to the Kinsman Ridge Trail. The peaks are very close together and you have to summit North Kinsman to get to South Kinsman so peak bagging these two (despite the rain) was no problem.
I love hiking in the fall. The gorgeous colors of the turning leaves and cooler weather made the rain worth it.
The trail started moderately as I passed an old sugarhouse- no decent picture, though! This trail is quite pretty and passes through a few brooks. For a nice view (when it’s not so foggy) you can take a trail that bears right past the flume to Bald Peak (2470 ft).
|North Kinsman Summit|
The Kinsman Ridge Trail leading to the summits is steep at times and had a few difficult wet scrambles up rock slabs. The summit of North Kinsman has a panoramic view of the Franconia Ridge, but as you can see, I was stuck in the fog.
|South Kinsman Summit|
To reach the South Summit, you will descend about 300 feet. I could almost see some views through the fog, but it was just a tease. This was an out and back trail, but there are many trail options. I am thinking about doing this trip via the Fishin’ Jimmy Trail on a day where I could enjoy the views.
Last modified: July 13, 2017