Bald Peak


Trail:North Kinsman Trail

Date: Over night 10/13-14/06

Attending:Simone, & John Chicoine

Miles:4.5-mile round trip Time: 2 hours to summit.

AMC huts, / shelters / camping site: None

Weather:Fantastic Columbus Day Hike

This was our first backpacking trip in two years. I can't tell you how nice it was and how spectacular it was to have the most perfect experience we could have ever hoped for. The trees were in full peak fall colors. The 2 mile hike to Bald Peak was just enough. Two miles/two hours & 2000 feet to a wonderful privare spot just on the back side of North Kinsman. We camped right on the sumit. We couldn't have asked for a nicer night, (low 30's), full moon, and a crystal clear sky. Watching the Moon come up over the Kinsmans was even better than watching the sun set over the Green mountains of Vermont. The entire event was picture perfect.

The morning quickly warmed up into the low sixties for the day. Our hike up was just about our limit, but the hike down was enjoyable. We stopped at the lowest stream crossing to venture down stream enough to bath in the river and clean up. The lower river has a real nice campsite just 200ft. off the trail, right next to a 15ft tall waterfall to shower in. We got back to the car by 10AM leaving us the better part of the day to ride arounf the western path of Franconia. (This was one of the first and only times we've done sight seeing up in this part of New Hampshire. We spent for an afternoon riding from Franconia to home all on back roads, We even drove 8 miles on a dirt road next to Mt Moosilauke.

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