Ascent of South Kinsman Mountain on 2015-09-12

Climber: Michael Stonek

Others in Party:Kim Grabois
Gloria Matveev
Date:Saturday, September 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:South Kinsman Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4358 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked on the grass at the entrance of the Lafayette Campground since the parking was really full at 9 AM on Saturday. Our plan was to go up via the Lonesome Lake trail, then Fishin' Jimmy to the North Peak. From there, down to Kinsman South Peak and then back to North and continue on the ridge all the way to Cannon Mtn. The return was to be done via Hi-Cannon.
I lost the girls right at the start by the campground so I ended up doing the whole thing by myself (there were a lot of other people, but none from my party). They ended up doing it differently, climbing Cannon first and then the other two. I crossed their paths on my way to Cannon and their way to the North Peak. North was the least interesting at the top. Just a small ledge, crowded with people, so I stayed there very briefly. The climb wasn't all that difficult and I reached it without any issues. On Kinsman South, which is just a quick stroll from the North (less than a mile distance and very slight elevation loss and gain), the views were magnificent, with plenty of room to walk around at the top. I stayed there for a while, having lunch, taking pictures and enjoying the view. I even saw some people paragliding at the distance!
After staying there for close to an hour I turned around. In 45 minutes I was back at the South Peak, which was still crowded, so I continued. After 0.2 miles I got to a 4 point intersection. Here it is very easy to go the wrong way. I almost did that on my way up on Fishin' Jimmy, but I was helped by a Canadian hiker that was coming from the Kinsman Ridge Trail. Now I had to take this one to Cannon Mtn, which I did.
The trail got tougher at this junction, with a lot more rocks, but nothing crazy. After 3.2 miles I reached the top of Cannon. Barely anybody was there, compared to the large crowds at the Kinsman's. I retraced my steps from Cannon for 0.4 miles to the intersection with the Hi-Cannon trail, which I took. The descent was also rocky for the most part, but doable. It had been raining the previous days, so the terrain was muddy in some sections, but not too bad. The weather was nice and sunny all day.
I made it to the parking lot at about 7 PM where the girls were waiting for me in the car for a while already.
The final tally was 10 hours, 13 miles and 5,365 feet of elevation gain. Absolutely no wind the whole day. The hike was on Sep-12, the day after 9-11 and it was 'Flags On the 48' day, so hikers were bringing American flags to all the peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Lonesome Lake to Fishin Jimmy to Mt Kinsman Tr
    Start Trailhead:Lafayette Campground  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Kinsman

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Kinsman Mountain2015-09-12 
2South Kinsman Mountain2015-09-12 
3Cannon Mountain2015-09-12 
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