Section #30 topographic map.
Looking south towards Mt. Moosilauke
Smoking Sox starts the 800' ascent from NH Route 112 in Kinsman Notch.
False advertising - the Eliza Brook Shelter is 7.5 miles from Kinsman Notch.
Big rock steps
Trees growing in shallow soil on top of a boulder
Truth in advertising - 4.2 miles + 3.3 miles = 7.5 miles.
Mr. Chipmunk pupped up to say hello as I took a break.
White Mountain views
More stone steps
Powerline clearcut views
Adam and Smoking Sox at the Eliza Brook Shelter
Eliza Brook cascades after a night of thunderstorms.
Typical White Mountains trail - roots and rocks.
A boggy shoulder of Kinsman Mountain
Hiking in the clouds for most of the day.
Typical granite slabs on the ascent to South Kinsman. The trail rose 1000' in 0.9 miles.
Summit of South Kinsman
4000-footer bagged. Now it's time for a break.
Stalking Tortoise and his new best friend on the summit of North Kinsman
More clouds from North Kinsman
Typical bog bridges over muddy sections
Only 5.3 miles to go on a damp Saturday morning
Sox and Adam on the descent to Kinsman Pond
Proof that I was (temporarily) ahead of Adam on this hike.
And Sox brings up the rear...
The Lonesome Lake Hut. $139 / night gets you dinner, a bunk, and breakfast the next morning. This is the southern-most hut run by the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains.
Lonesome Lake with ominous dark clouds moving in
A swim would have been nice, but our goal was to out-hike the storm.
Rain drops starting to fall. The mallard didn't care, but the thunderstorm drenched us on the last two miles of the hike.
Our first Notch-to-Notch hike in the White Mountains