North and South Kinsman and Cascade Brook Trail

Hiked North and South Kinsman and Cascade Brook Trail on 7/16/2016. This finished “The Grid over 60”, Redlining and Calendar Days. It has been a long time coming but it was worth the wait. The forecast was for a sunny day but it was overcast most of the day except for 1 little shower we stayed dry. A group of about 10 fellow Grid finishers joined me on the hike. We started on the Franconia Notch Bike trail and then to Cascade Brook trail. My wife Amantha joined us for that portion of the hike.

Start of the hike on the Cascade Brook trail
Start of the hike on the Cascade Brook trail
Amantha with me at the end of the redlining portion of the hike
Amantha with me at the end of the redlining portion of the hike

There is an immediate stream crossing at the end of that section which I somehow manged to fall into the stream. No damage was done.

Slipping off a rock into the stream
Slipping off a rock into the stream

We continued up another section of the Cascade Brook trail until we got to the Kinsman Pond trail which we followed up to Kinsman Pond and the shelter.

North Kinsman from Kinsman Pond
North Kinsman from Kinsman Pond
Kinsman Pond shelter where we waited out a brief shower
Kinsman Pond shelter where we waited out a brief shower

We then went up the Kinsman Ridge trail to the top of North Kinsman which completed the Calendar Day list.

Me on the summit of North Kinsman
Me on the summit of North Kinsman

Then it was the short hike over to South Kinsman and the finish of “The Grid over 60”.

Running the gauntlet of hiking poles
Running the gauntlet of hiking poles
Time for a PBJ
Time for a PBJ
Fellow Grid finishers on South Kinsman
Fellow Grid finishers on South Kinsman
Even Pepper joined in the fun
Even Pepper joined in the fun

The clouds cleared and we had some views from South Kinsman.

View from South Kinsman
View from South Kinsman

We had all decided that we didn’t want to descend on the Kinsman Pond trail, it was very rocky with lots of slippery moss and a stream running down it for long sections. I had done the trail before but it was in the winter and it was a nice smooth path with all of the snow. So we went down the Fishin’ Jimmy trail to the Lonesome Lake hut and then down the Lonesome Lake trail.

View from Lonesome Lake to the Franconia Ridge
View from Lonesome Lake to the Franconia Ridge

We all got back to our cars and enjoyed a party of Grid Dogs supplied by Bill and Diane Schor and other goodies that everyone brought. Ed Hawkins gave me my patches for Redlining and Calendar Days. There is no patch for “The Grid over 60”.

Start of the hike on the Cedar Brook trail
Grid dogs and patches at the parking lot

It was great to finish the 3 lists and it was also great to have so many friends with me that have joined me on many of the hikes. It’s now time for some other lists.

Photo credit to Bill Schor and John Gutowski

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Huntington and South Huntington

Climbed Huntington and South Huntington on 7/12/12016. Bill Schor joined me for this hike. It was a bright sunny day and it warmed up to about 80 which was warmer than you would like for bushwhacking but it was OK. We started by hiking in to the junction of the Hancock Notch and Cedar Brook trails and started the bushwack there. It was a little less than a mile to the summit of Huntington but it took us over 2 hours to get there.

Start of the bushwack
Start of the bushwack

Note that the arrows point left for the trail and we went right off into the woods.

Woods at the start of the bushwack
Woods at the start of the bushwack

There was some fairly thick small spruce at the start but they had soft needles so it wasn’t bad pushing through them. The only problem was that you couldn’t see where you were putting your feet. The woods thinned out a little bit but got rocky and eventually we were making our way through some large moss covered rocks which really slowed us down as they were slippery and there were some large holes to fall into. We eventually reached the summit which was somewhat flat with open woods. We searched around and found the summit canister and signed in.

Summit of Mt. Huntington.
Summit of Mt. Huntington.

We had our PBJs on the summit and then headed over to South Huntington. We dropped off fairly steeply at first but then it flattened out and was a pretty easy hike to the low point between the summits. We got up on the flat summit right at the summit canister so we didn’t have to search around for it.

Bill on South Huntington
Bill on South Huntington

We had originally planned to bushwack back to the Hancock Notch trail and then walk the trail back to the car but we decided to just bushwack from the summit down to the road and then walk on the road back to the car. The bushwack was a little less than a mile but it took us 2.5 hours through some very thick stuff that was difficult to navigate. But we hit the road exactly where we planned to. Only 30 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.