North Kinsman Via Kinsman Ridge Trail

HARD 14 reviews

North Kinsman Via Kinsman Ridge Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Woodsville, New Hampshire 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.4 miles
3,182 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



trail running



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.

20 days ago

Honestly I didn’t think this was as bad as I expected it to be. Probably the easiest 4K footers I’ve done so far (for reference I’ve only done 3). I didn’t have the energy to go over to South Kinsman though that was 0.8-0.9 miles further. All and all a nice hike. Unfortunately had too many clouds for a decent view but if it was clear it would have been a pretty good view I think. But my feet do hurt.

21 days ago

Intense. Rewarding once you finish but it is all uphill the way up - the breaks are when it’s only slightly uphill. Coming down the quads took a pounding too, but like I said it is a very rewarding hike. It took us 4 1/2 hours to hike and we spent 40 minutes lounging at the top to recover.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Breathtaking view the whole trail, very steep but totally worth it!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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!!!

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