TRIPS & EVENTS

North & South Kinsman Hike

Hiking/Walk
DATE: Jan 06, 2018 Saturday
END DATE: Jan 06, 2018 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Lincoln NH

Trip Leader(s)


Gandalf
Campton, NH United States,

JDNnh
Manchester, NH United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Strenuous

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Region: New England

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Summary

Please join us for a tough but beautiful winter hike! We hike up to North Kinsman and then if conditions are good and we still have energy, we can hike on to South Kinsman. We will be hiking from the West up the Mount Kinsman Trail [easier].

We hike to North Kinsman [4,293'] via Mt. Kinsman Trail to the Kinsman Ridge Trail then optionally 0.9 mile to South Kinsman [4,358]] and return the same route. This route offers good protection in winter with a little exposure on the ridge trail and fabulous views on the ridge! First mile is flat then gradual climbing toward the ridge which is at but not above treeline and has steep sections. There are some small stream crossings which should be frozen at this time of year. 

Distance: 8 miles [North peak only] or 9.8 miles for both peaks

Elevation Gain: 3,320' [North peak only] or 3,870' for both peaks

Depending on the conditions in early January, appropriate gear should include: insulated winter boots [NOT your regular hiking boots!!], snowshoes [will only be needed if we had a recent snowstorm; will let you know], microspikes, wind/rain proof outer layers, wicking layers [no cotton], wool hat, gloves, handwarmers, water. lunch,etc. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to me in advance.

Dinner afterward: You are welcome to join us for dinner at our house afterwards. We ask $10 to cover our food costs. Bring your own wine/beer and warm up next to our fireplace! You are welcome to use our showers [towels provided] so bring a change of clothing.

Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday nights. It's $25 for Friday night, $35 for Saturday that includes dinner or $60 for the weekend. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Take the Franconia exit of I-93 [Exit 38] and Rte. 18 & 116, turn left at the end of the ramp to go under I-93. At the cross roads, go straight to cross over Rte. 18 and stay on Rte. 116 heading south. Proceed for about 4.5 miles on Rte. 116. The trailhead is on the left, across from the tennis field a few hundred yards past a brown 'historic marker' sign. If there is recent heavy snow this parking area may be difficult to maneuver in and off road parking would not be advised. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck. 

Trip Leader(s)

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Campton, NH


United States
JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States

members signed up for this event

Philip

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Tuftonboro, NH


United States
Robert.L

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Spencer, MA


United States
beyoungyu

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Harrisburg, PA


United States
othercraig

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


New Hampton, NH


United States
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