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rocky
7 hours ago

What a workout! Short hike but the elevation gain is brutal. I took my time and stopped for breaks when I needed to. The view is worth it, though. Trail wasn't very muddy, the trail around the lake was very muddy but there were planks down so it was easy to avoid.

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muddy
2 days ago

The hike up is a steady incline. Not too much mud on the trail but the board walk around the lake was very muddy! View was beautiful though. Would recommend it!

Good trail. Muddy between kinsman and Cannon, a bit of snow but no need for micro spikes. 4h 5min.

on Lonesome Lake Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail, nice boardwalk at the end overlooking the lake near the hut

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rocky
6 days ago

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icy
muddy
7 days ago

Did this on a Saturday and didn’t get out to hike until after 12 - lots of parking available but not necessarily nearby so be aware. We had to park near the tram and walk 2 miles along the recreational bike path to get to Lafayette campground, then we could start our hike. Luckily a park ranger/worker was at the tram parking lot to give us some advice. Once we got to the hike itself, the first likely half mile is pretty simple but after that, you’re in for a good workout! It was tough but not impossible. Lots of stepping up onto rocks, not many flat parts until you get to the lake. Maybe a quarter mile before you get to the lake, there was still ice and snow, lots of mud, on the trail. And the trail that takes you around the lake is very muddy and icy. You’ll be much safer if you have crampons. Overall lovely hike, it was nice to see quite a few others out enjoying it as well. Bear note: we were walking back to our vehicle around 5pm on the bike path and were warned by a kind passerby that a black bear mama and her cubs were up ahead off the path. We passed by without issue, but we do carry bear spray for almost all hikes just in case.

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8 days ago

Last weekend started at basin and wife and I had to take off the boots twice for a River Crossing to stay in line with the trail markers. We had lunch outside the closed AMC hut. From there we took the .3mi lonesome lake trail to Lafayette campground and had a leisurely 2 mile hike along the bike path back to basin. We didn’t feel like heading back the way we came and taking the boots off again. If you want to take little ones just start from Lafayette campground for a much quicker trip to the lake.

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icy
muddy
9 days ago

My family and I hiked this trail today and it was beautiful. It’s definitely a lot of uphill, but not terribly steep. There is some ice towards the top, but my trail runners were fine (no micro spikes needed).

Good hike. Like the rest of the Mt. there. The weather can turn on a dime. So be ready for sun, rain, snow or anything. Went Memorial Day weekend. And more than half the trail was solid ice. So like always be prepared

The name is confusing as the real Kinsman Pond Trail is located to the south. This one is taking Fishin' Jimmy trail instead. It is a nice trail which had some ice at the top and some travellers wished they had spikes, but I bet it all melted by now.

By the end of May the second half of the trail was still covered by snow with streams running under. Falling through the snow every step into the cold running streams made this exhausting and very difficult. Snowshoes are a must. Also several river crossings which are quite powerful this times. Better to wait a couple of weeks or take the Fishin' Jimmy instead which was a breeze comparing to the Kinston Pond Trail.

My boyfriend and I did this trail back at the end of March (3/28 according to the pics in my phone). It was still very much winter there. Alot of snow and ice. This was about 2 weeks into the pandemic and we saw an uptick of people on this trail than you would normally see. We saw people in sneakers and a light shirt going up and a very pregnant woman in sneakers and leggings. It was a pretty warm day near 60 but they were definitely not dressed for the conditions in the moutains. We were quite astonished how unprepared people looked for the conditions. Nevertheless we enjoyed the hike and the gorgeous view at the lake where we sat and had lunch. We then did the trek around the lake before going back down. I cant wait to go back to see this trail in the summer months!

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washed out
10 days ago

Great hike, but it’s not for the faint of heart past Lonesome Lake up to Kinsman Pond, North Kinsman Summit, and South Peak Kinsman. I don’t recommend you bring your dog up Kinsman Ridge trail or Fishin’ Jimmy trail, personally. There are too many steep rocky, snowy, and icy areas - it’d be too dangerous for kids too, in my opinion. I’d recommend crampons and you definitely had onto tree branches in some areas for support. I took Kinsman Ridge Trail over time Cannon, but don’t recommend it, especially if alone. The trail is a bit washed out and it’s pretty isolated and very muddy and snowy. Overall, great hike. Definitely challenging!

Hiked this trail around the same time last year - more ice/snow this year once we got toward the top. Perfect day. Started around 9:30 - done by 12:15 w/ break up top at the lake.

hiking
11 days ago

The lake was fantastic - the incline definitely had us winded but the view when you first get to the top and again from across the lake were both picture perfect. Parking was a bit difficult (the shuttles aren’t running) but we managed. Go into it with some patience. We got to the top and sat down for lunch around noon and by the time we left there were several groups/couples waiting for a spot on the dock (like I said, awesome view) so go on the early side if possible. Some snow still present but we were fine with our boots; trekking poles definitely would have helped on the way down. Enjoy!

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flooded
icy
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snow
11 days ago

The Flume Slide trail is awesome. Super easy approach, but the last half mile or so (the slide) is very, very steep and has very wet, slippery slabs. Prepare to use all fours when ascending. Great views as you ascend to the top. Definitely DO NOT recommend going down the slide. It would be very dangerous and a slip could lead to a bad fall. The reverse to Liberty still has a solid monorail that continues down from Franconia Ridge and end about half way down the trial. AWESOME climb!!

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