Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Kinsman, North Kinsman, Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Basin Cascade Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Kinsman Pond Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, September 12, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Basin, SB side. No issues. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All low and easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Short section of KRT over Cannonballs is flagged w/trail work notes. Hi-Cannon (NHSP trail) needs brushing up high and is getting pretty eroded lower down. A few switchbacks being shortcutted. Sign at jct of Hi-Cannon and KRT is held up by parachute cord, as it has been for awhile now. It is very old and very hard to read, probably confusing for tram tourists (see below).  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Wouldn't take a dog on Hi-Cannon due to steep ladder that must be negotiated. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a cloth diaper on NE Cannonball. Eww... I usually pack out litter but draw the line at diapers and TP. Found some "lost" Norwegian tourists descending KRT toward Coppermine Col. 
Comments: With summer coming to a close, we are trying to do trails to peaks that we have not done yet this year. This is a lovely route to the Kinsmans, one I had not done in 15+ years. Lots of waterfalls/cascades--even with the low water levels they were beautiful. The only rougher section was Kinsman Pond Trail, but that didn't seem so bad early in the day and is IMO much easier than Fishin Jimmy.

While climbing from Coppermine Col to Cannon, we encountered a confused Norwegian couple, she near tears on this steep, rough section. They had come up the tram and decided to hike to the hut, didn't have a map, etc., etc. We set them straight, emphasizing the need to turn LEFT at the next jct. In July on this same section I met two men, separately, who had come up the tram and who needed guidance. ??!! As mentioned above, the sign at the KRT-HC jct is hanging by a thread and is very hard to read.

Robohiker sighting on the summit--downed a cold one in his honor. :)

Name: Snowflea & Fancypants 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-18 
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