Pathfinder | 60 pts
Easy going until headed up to Kinsman Pond. Ran into soft-snow, made it more difficult. Sheltered Thursday night at Kinsman Pond shelter, which was newly rebuilt in 2007, and gorgeous!! The pond was beautiful and I think we were the only ones around that night. Friday we left basecamp & headed for North Kinsman, decided to take it easy and ate lunch & napped on one of the rocks off the sidetrail of the peak. Unbelievably clear & gorgeous view. The night brought a few other groups up to the Shelter campsite, some of whom were ill prepared for the snow found in areas which weren't exposed to constant sunlight. Headed back down on Saturday morning, ran into handfuls of groups of boyscouts; glad we were headed out, because boy were they loud & destructive. No wildlife sightings, but plenty of moose droppings along the trail. Instead of heading in/out from Lafayette Campground, we headed in/out from Cascade Trail & had parked down at exit 34A at the Flume parking lot to extend the trip mileage. Great weather, worn and well marked trails. Glad there was snow otherwise i think it would've been more of a muddy mess around lonesome lake with all the traffic, because it's so accessible.