Kinsman Notch Peak – North and Blue Ridge North

Hiked Kinsman Notch Peak – North and Blue Ridge North on 1/20/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor. It was forecast to be a sunny day but it turned out to be cloudy but not much wind. If you were above 4000 feet apparently it was a bright sunny day but we were below the clouds all day. There wasn’t much bushwhacking today as Kinsman Notch Peak – North was only 10 feet off the trail and Blue Ridge North was 63 feet off the trail in a thick patch of spruce which made it a little difficult to find. We started up the Appalachian trail, which is the Kinsman Ridge trail in this section, rather steeply which really got the heart pumping.

Bill and Diane coming up a steep section
Bill and Diane coming up a steep section

After the initial steep section the trail flattened out a bit with a few ups and downs but nothing very steep. There was a lot of fresh snow on the tree branches which we knocked off rather than have it go down our necks.

Snow laden branches
Snow laden branches
Small open boggy area
Small open boggy area

We got to the first bump of Kinsman Notch Peak and searched around for the canister but couldn’t see it even though we were at the correct elevation. We went on to the second bump and couldn’t find the canister there either. Since the peak is less than 3000 feet there may not be a canister or it may have been removed. We then headed over to Blue Ridge North which was about 1.5 miles further along the trail. There were a few ups and downs but nothing like the start of the hike.

Bill and Diane thinking about their options with the ice
Bill and Diane thinking about their options with the ice

We made it to the summit of Blue Ridge North where the canister was hidden in a patch of spruce and was just a bottle hanging from a tree rather than the PVC canister.

Snow covered summit bottle
Snow covered summit bottle

We ate our PBJs and then headed back along the trail. We stopped again on Kinsman Notch Peak – North but still couldn’t locate a canister.

Snow on the trees
Snow on the trees
Bill and Diane coming down the final slope to the road
Bill and Diane coming down the final slope to the road

Only 61 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list. Kinsman Notch Peak – North is on the New Hampshire 300 Highest list. I think I have 98 of them left to do.

Our track for the day
Our track for the day.
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