Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car in the lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The lower 0.5mi of trail to the first crossing of the Kinsman Glade ski trail desperately needs a relocation as its so sad and eroded 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Dry down at the base, patches of blue ice starting at about 2300' where I put on my rock spikes, it soon turned to a combo of soft snow, soft ice, slush and just this total mess which I had to break 1-3" of it unconsolidated most of the way up to the summit. The section climbing from the Kinsman Glade to the outlook spur was brutally slushy after the initial 0.1 of moderately soft ice and the mudpits between the outlook and the start of the summit cone climb were this half frozen mess with ice that barely held my bodyweight. Conditions significantly shifted on the descent as it snowed 1-2" in the time it took me to descent from the outlook to 2300' where I dropped the spikes again. This new snow had already covered in my footprints from earlier near the bottom and may hide the ice on some treacherously slippery rocks. I would have dropped the spikes higher up on the descent as they balled badly coming down the upper gully from 2500-2800' but too treacherous of a section to shed them so I suffered through as usual. The warm melting conditions plus new snow and plummeting temps tomorrow makes me extremely wary of this trail severely icing over so would recommend crampons if thinking about this peak in the next few days. Spikes are mandatory until we get enough snow to bury the rocks and ice. With a serious melting event this trail will become a mudpit in that 0.5mi stretch around the outlook spur.  
Name: Heat Lightning 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-11-22 
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