Strenuous: The Kinsman Ridge Trail, which is part of the Appalachian Trail and usually takes days to complete, accesses the summit of North Kinsman, as well as South Kinsman, Cannon, and many lesser peaks. For those planning a day trip, there are a number of trails that provide access to the North Kinsman summit. The most popular route ascends via the Lonesome Lake Trail. From Lonesome Lake the summit can be reached via Fishin’ Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Pond Trail, or continuing on the Lonesome Lake Trail to the Kinsman Ridge Trail, which travels over the undulating Cannon Balls before reaching the summit.
The AMC's Eliza Brook Shelter is located on the Kinsman Ridge Trail, 3.4 miles south of North Kinsman's summit. Kinsman Pond Campsite is located on Kinsman Pond near Kinsman Junction, .6 miles north of North Kinsman's summit.
Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on North Kinsman are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for "Instruction" in AMC's activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping .
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