Ascent of South Kinsman Mountain on 2014-04-06

Climber: Kaerstin Quinlan

Others in Party:Dan Quinlan <3343>
Gudrun (partial)
Date:Sunday, April 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Kinsman Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4358 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

April 6, 2014
Today I am headed to my final 4,000 footer in NH! Temperature in the parking lot is 30 deg F, and kinda windy. It cloudy now, but the skies are supposed to clear today.
Dad, Mom and I head up the Lonesome Lake trail, Dad and I have micro-spikes, Mom has chosen to use her snowshoes.
9:25 am
As we approached Lonesome Lake we met quite a large group of hikers headed down the mountain, I think they spent the night at the Hut. They were all bundled up and had warned us that it is windy and very cold crossing the lake. So before we ventured out on the lake we bundled up like we were ready for anything. But when we got on the lake, nothing! It was colder in the parking lot this morning! Oh well, I guess that is better than freezing. Other than removing some layers at the hut, we didn’t stop – just pressed on towards today’s goal.
11:00 am
We got to the Kinsman Ridge and the wind in blowing a little, but that is clearing out the clouds, leaving us some glimpses of a nice blue sky.
We reached N. Kinsman and were greeted with clearing skies and some wonderful views across Franconia Notch of Lafayette and Lincoln. We took a break and some a snack before we pushed on to the real goal of the day, S. Kinsman!
DONE! And it is gorgeous here! The clouds have cleared leaving a beautiful blue sky and great views, but it is a bit windy. Temperature on top is 20deg and gusts up to 20 MPH, so we weren’t able to stay for too long. I had actually been on N. Kinsman 2 years ago with Dad, but then I wasn’t trying to visit all the peaks, so I waited for him there while he went to S. Kinsman. With a great views that we had today, I don’t mind having to hike these wonderful mountains again!
1:50 pm
The sun is really warming things up, ice is melting off the trees and the snow is getting pretty mushy. We made it back to the Lonesome Lake Hut where we met back up with Mom. We had a nice break in the hut eating cookies and visiting with the caretakers.
Back down at the car. What a spectacular day to have finished hiking my last 4000 foot peak!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Beatiful ble sky peeking through fluffy white clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Distance:9.4 mi / 15.2 km
    Route:Lonesome lake, fishin Jimmy, Kinsman ridge trails
    Start Trailhead:Lafayette Campground  358 ft / 109 m
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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