Ascent of South Kinsman Mountain on 2011-09-16

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Friday, September 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Kinsman Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4358 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Lafayette Place Campground, I hiked up Cannon Mountain following the Lonesome Lake and Hi-Cannon Trails, and the Kinsman Ridge Trail for the final push to the summit. I then turned around and took the Kinsman Ridge Trail south across the Cannonballs and onward to North and South Kinsman. After reaching South Kinsman, I backtracked on the Kinsman Ridge Trail and took the Fishin' Jimmy Trail to the Lonesome Lake AT Hut, followed the Around The Lake Trail part way around Lonesome Lake, and finally took the Lonesome Lake Trail back to my starting point.

I faced blustery conditions, and for a late summer/early fall day, the air had a definite chill to it. I needed a jacket, pants, and gloves. We had rain off and on at lower elevations, but it was cold enough to snow higher up. Cannon was spared from the snow, but I could see that the higher elevations along nearby Franconia Ridge were coated with white from this first snowfall of the season.

My out-and-back visit to the Kinsmans was fairly quick, about 90 minutes round trip from Kinsman Junction, which is where the Kinsman Ridge Trail meets the Fishin' Jimmy Trail. Overall, the hike along the Kinsmans is not too difficult.

There are many trees at the North Kinsman sumit, but nevertheless there are a few good viewing spots. I think the summit is a large, 10 foot tall boulder along the trail. I scrambled to the top of it, and sat down to check out the limited view.

The South Kinsman summit is much more open, and I stuck around for a little while to enjoy the 360 degree views.

On my return hike, while near Lonesome Lake AT Hut, I saw a breathtaking view of Franconia Ridge from the west shore of Lonesome Lake. The lake and nearby trees, combined with the backdrop of snow-capped peaks (near sunset, no less), made for a truly stunning landscape. No photo I could have taken would have done the scene justice.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:358 ft / 109 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:358 ft / 109 m
    Route:Kinsman Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m
Descent Statistics

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