North Kinsman and South Kinsman Trail and Cannon is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, NH that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail will bring you past Lonesome Lake in an old glacial cirque, past Kinsman Pond to the Kinsman Peaks which are the highest in the range. Kinsman is an open summit offering good views but North Kinsman is wooded with some views to the east. This hike is the quickest and easiest way to get to both peaks in one hike. Park in the Lafayette Campground. Take the Lonesome Lake Trail north and turn left in the Cascade Brook trail until you reach the Lonesome Lake Hut (Operated by the AMC). You may want to rest there, and you can grab a snack, juice, or tea for a few bucks. Continue up into the Fishing Jimmy trail. At the four way intersection you want to continue north (left would take you to the shelter, and right would take you to Cannon Mountain (another popular destination)). Soon you will reach North Kinsman. You have to step east a few feet into the view to take pictures of the White Mountains. Continue the trail to South Kinsman. Retrace to return to your car. Some people combine this hike with Cannon Mountain into a longer hike. You can also do it as a backpack if you stay at the Kinsman shelter.
This hike has very many interesting features all along the way. Lonesome Lake Trail on the ascent was not too difficult and made even better by the switchbacks. Over the lake there were gorgeous views of Franconia Ridge.
Fishin' Jimmy Trail, the ascent from the lake to Kinsman Pond, was very memorable, difficult and fun. Wood blocks were mounted in the sides of the rock face and chunks were carved out of boulders to provide footholds. This trail was challenging but was definitely worth the effort due to the interesting features of the trail itself.
We had good views from North Kinsman - 180 views of Franconia Ridge and Loon Mountain. South Kinsman also had good views of Moosilauke and the valley around Easton. The clouds started to roll in making it a bit chilly and damp - make sure to bring warm clothes even in summer!
Overall this was a beautiful hike with interesting trails, beautiful lake and pond and we met a lot of really friendly peakbaggers along the way.
Winter trail conditions are very good since this is such a popular hike and the views from the summit of South kinsman are spectacular.
A great hike with awesome views, especially North Kinsman.
Was not originally planning on hiking to North & South Kinsman but needed to make my hike go a little longer than hiking up Cannon from Kinsman Ridge Trail.So in the end me and my dog went from Lafayette to Lonesome Lake trail to Kinsman Ridge to Mt Kinsman trail, which is longer than if just went up Fisherman Jimmy (or something like that) and more up and down. We did walk back down Fisherman though. The North peak, you could miss if you are chatting or in the zone but has a nice view from the platform.The South is more open. Just don't stop at the Faux summit of South. Go to where the caron (sp?) are.
On a dog note: I have a coonie and he did fine. There were one or two places he needed a little prodding but that was more him. Footings were good all the way.
Hiked up with my hiking buddy started off from Laffayette campground up the Lonesome lake trail for the 1.2 miles hung out at the Lonesome lake hut which was awesome, friendly people and the views were wonderful.. had a snack and filled up on water then we headed up the Fishen jimmy trail for 2 miles to kinsman pond and this trail was black diamond all the way, wouldnt have been so bad if are packs were lighter! We stayed the night at kinsman pond camp area.. Steve the caretaker there was very nice and helpful! The next morning we headed up to north Kinsman and the views were amazing.. while hanging out on the summit over looking kinsman pond we met some very nice people with great stories! We then hiked back to our camp packed up and headed out via kinsman pond trail which was much easier but 2.5 miles out to the cascade brook trail which took us back to lonesome lake we refueled then did the last 1.2 miles back to our car in the dark. it was an awesome weekend I would stay there again and return to hike cannon!!
just hiked north and south kinsmens this weekend! (9/21/13). gorgeous views, moderate wind at top. first day of fall great day to go! but now, two days later my calfs and quads are still hurting. mostly from coming back down..