Hiked Mt Kineo and Kineo East on 6/8/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. Weather was predicted to be clear in the morning and a 30% chance of showers after 2PM. It did cloud up some but never any precipitation. These 2 peaks are in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest just west of the town of Thornton. Not sure what sort of experiments take place but we saw lots of trees with orange flagging and one game camera. We drove in quite a ways on a dirt road and eventually reached the trailhead for the Mt Kineo trail which unfortunately doesn’t go to the summit. We saw a game camera near the trail which I assume is motion sensitive and takes a picture whenever an animal or hiker walks by. We hiked about a mile to the height of land and then bushwhacked over to the summit of Mt Kineo through mostly open woods with only about 300 feet of elevation gain.
The tree on the summit that had the canister had snapped off and was leaning against another tree. It may not be tall enough in the winter to stick above the snow.
The black flies were swarming all around but didn’t seem to be biting. Repellant didn’t seem to work.
We signed into the canister and then went back to the trail where we ate our PBJs and then started the bushwhack over to East Kineo. This was a longer bushwhack and we had to go over several bumps to get to the summit. After about a mile we came across an old road and were able to follow it to about .1 miles from the summit, that was a pleasant surprise.
We went back to the old road and followed it as far as we could and then bushwhacked back to the trail and then back to the car. We found a structure that we couldn’t figure out what it was for, it could have been a deer stand but it was in the middle of a clear area which didn’t make sense. It must have been part of some forest study.
We made it back to the cars and escaped the bugs. Only 40 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.