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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Cannon Mountain, Northeast Cannonball, NH
Trails
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Falling Waters/Old Bridle Path. Lot is about 80% plowed and was maybe 50% full at ~0800. Probably 75% full upon return at ~1530. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All covered, but be careful at the boggy sections on the north side of Lonesome Lake. There are spots here where it's not frozen, and evidence of people stepping into (what I imagine) is very cold mud. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The top of Middle Cannon Ball is a ridiculous menagerie of jumbled blow downs, leaners, high snow pack, and other obstacles. It took some time to find a way around the mess to get back to the trail. A lot of ducking, crawling, and finding spruce traps. No idea if it will be any cleaner when the snow melts.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My dog dig great today and was a trooper for the entire 10 mile trip. There are several places on KRT that required me to lift, help up, push, lower him up and down. Some were where things are very soft and deep, others were steep and compacted/slick. Be aware if you're going to the Cannon Balls and if your dog isn't a strong hiker. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost a z-lite seat pad somewhere on KRT. Probably got hung up on one of the many pack-grabbers. 
 
Comments
Comments: Whoo boy this was a tough one. Quick and easy up to the lake, then Lonesome Lake trail had a nice firm bed under 4-5" of powder. A couple of the steeper spots were slick, but generally not too difficult. On KRT up to Cannon, there are a couple of spots that are tough because of the steepness and compacted snow (almost icy). There's one that is super sketchy and difficult to go down; much butt sledding. From the Lonesome/KRT junction up through the Cannon Balls, the trail was not consolidated much at all, and the two barebooters in front of me chopped up whatever base there was. In several spots it was as if the trail was completely unbroken, which made life quite difficult for me and the dog. Be aware that unless you are under 5' tall you will be walking through trees all day; not just branches. In the col between the two southern "balls" there are misleading tracks which take you away from the true trail. Go straight, not left or right. It seems counter intuitive but this is where the actual trail goes. A LOT of butt sledding on KRT, as it was necessary on several of the down slopes. The same can be said for Fishin' Jimmy, although that was a paved super highway comparatively. KRT once again proves how tough it is...  
Name
Name: captainicebeard 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-22 
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