North Kinsman Via Kinsman Ridge Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Woodsville, NH that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Franconia, NH: Travel south on I-93 for several miles to reach Exit 2, Cannon Mountain Tramway. Park in the ski area parking lot. The trail begins in the picnic area which is located on the left side of the lot.
Great trail with more than a few good look outs. Definitely strenuous on the joints (even for a young'n like me) due to stretches of steep rocky climbs. I found it easier to use my hands rather than my poles in many areas.
Breathtaking view the whole trail, very steep but totally worth it!
Actually the Kinsman Ridge Trail is a section of the Appalachian Trail that begins at Beaver Pond at the base of Mount Moosilauke and extends 14 and a half miles across Wolf Mountain, North & South Kinsman summits, across the Northeast Cannonballs, and finally reaching the summit of Cannon Mountain. Its a popular AT section hike, but extremely strenuous.
The Kinsman Ridge Trail leads to the top of Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire. The home of the "Old Man of the Mountain", the trail offers a difficult course to the top complete with giant rocks, over turned trees, deep mud, rapidly eroding paths that were carved out by extreme amounts of water cascading from the top of the mountain. Exposed roots, slippery moss, bugs and the thin air, were all of the things we battled against to make it to the top. Overall, the best hike ever!!!