... At the junction with the Kinsman Ridge Trail, the rain had given way for snow. The plan for today was to summit North Kinsman (4,293') and South Kinsman (4,358') via the Mt. After enjoying the views on North Kinsman, continue hiking over the summit along the Kinsman Ridge Trail for 0.9 miles where you will reach the summit of South Kinsman Mountain. This is the ridge trail that connects each mountain. Most people climb the Kinsmans from Franconia Notch up the Cascade Brook Trail. National Forest parking lot, the trail reaches South Kinsman at 10.0 miles, and North Kinsman at 10.9 miles. Continue on Kinsman Ridge Trail to South Kinsman. From here, I headed over North and South Kinsman. This is a steep trail that rockets up 800 meters to the base of North Kinsman, meeting the Appalachian Trail just south (and above) the Kinsman … North, South Kinsman and Bald Peak via Kinsman Mountain Trail. The trail: Kinsman Ridge Trail The hikers: Tim, Ed (OldMan) and Larry (of Girlscout cookie fame) The particulars: 17 miles, 5750 feet, 13 hours The peaks: Cannon (4100), Northeast Cannonball (3769), North Kinsman (4293), South Kinsman (4358) (and Wolf at 3478) I have wanted to do the Kinsman Ridge Traverse for a while. You can also access Bald Peak from this trail. Meanwhile, the ridge continues over the “Cannonballs” and finally ends on Cannon Mountain. Mount Kinsman Trail. Wolf (3,478 feet), with several outlooks on open ledges. Trail Summary: This route approaches the Kinsmans from the west and is an in-and-out. Kinsman Trail to the Kinsman Ridge Trail. Descend by turning around and going back the same way you came. On its way south, the trail aggressively climbs and descends North Kinsman Peak (4,293 feet), South Kinsman Peak (4,358 feet), and Mt. I would find out later that I did not carry my plan far enough. The Kinsman Ridge Trail noticeably descends immediately off the summit area and drops into a thickly wooded section, but soon after the trail levels then begins its climb to South Kinsman. Following the trail down the side of the South Peak, you enter a wooded area that winds along the side of the North Peak of Kinsman Mountain, which is roughly 65 feet smaller than its sister. The Kinsman Ridge Trail connects Mount Cannon to North and South Kinsman. Instead, we climbed them from the west on the Mount Kinsman Trail. The Mount Kinsman Trail offers an alternate route up to North Kinsman from Route 116. Trails Used: Ascend via Mount Kinsman Trail to Kinsman Ridge Trail over the summit of North Kinsman. Continue on Kinsman Ridge Trail to South Kinsman. We were getting a little tired at this point, and there was little notable about the trail so we pretty much marched in silence. The Appalachian Trail runs along Kinsman Ridge over Mt. Made it to Kinsman Ridge! The South Peak is exposed and has great views of the Franconia Ridge, Moosilauke, and Vermont on clear days. Kinsman Ridge Trail This trail runs from Route 112 to the Cannon Mountain Tramway. This trail is part of the Appalachian trail. Turn left onto the Kinsman Ridge Trail, which is also the Appalachian Trail, and hike for 0.4 miles until you reach the summit of North Kinsman Mountain. It also sleeted and hailed on our way up. Trails Used: Ascend via Mount Kinsman Trail to Kinsman Ridge Trail over the summit of North Kinsman. Trailhead Last of the wildflowers Sugar Shack. We were wet and cold, but actually were thankful for the snow rather than heavy rain. Descend by turning around and going back the same way you came. The section of trail from NH Route 112 to Kinsman Junction is part of the Appalachian Trail, and is blazed in white. Wolf, South and North Kinsman (both 4000-footers), and then descends down to Lonesome Lake. 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