North and South Kinsman Out and Back
10 mi round trip, 3550 ft elevation gain
Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
I have soooo much to catch you'all up on. We are all the way up to number 26 on our list. We did some amazing, amazing peaks and some seriously long hikes. So I plan to be posting away the next week in an effort to get you caught up with us on our list.
We hiked on a super hot and humid day. Basically everyday we have hiked this summer has been upper 90s and humid. It's tough being primarily a weekend warrior. The weather you have on Saturdays and Sundays is basically the weather you have. You just have to deal.
One plus of being a weekend warrior is that is makes your work week fly by. All I think about all week is hiking. I start checking the weather the weekend before and watch it carefully all week.
The trails were all in good condition. Crowded with weekenders hitting the Lonesome Lake Hut run by the AMC. It is an easy couple of miles to get up and around the Hut so many families make it a destination. The mountains were also pretty busy. Lots of couples filling their stay at the hut with day trips to the summits.
Lonesome Lake Hut
Both mountains are fairly steep with rocky sections. Nothing too serious. The summits are pretty with good views in many directions.
Our conversation was primarily consumed with our plans to hike Owl's Head soon. Owl's Head is often deemed a "death march" by fellow peak baggers. The mountain itself doesn't have any "officially maintained trails" meaning the little worn path is tough to find. Oh yeah did I mention it's 18 miles round trip and that it takes- around 8 miles just to get to the mountain? It's very isolated deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness and it sounded fabulous we could not wait to get this climb in....