White Mountain National Forest: Kinsman Pond

Follow this 9.9-mile loop past refreshing swimming holes and idyllic off-trail campsites to the evergreen shoreline of Kinsman Pond.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.8



Location: 44.1006851196289, -71.6814804077148

Begin hiking NNE, following blue-blazed Pemi Trail for .6 mi.; turn L onto bike path for .2 mi.


Location: 44.1093978881836, -71.6817016601562

Turn L before bridge onto white-blazed Whitehouse Trail; pass under 2 bridges, then R onto Cascade Brook Trail


Location: 44.1281318664551, -71.7029800415039

Veer R @ Y, staying on mellow, white-blazed Cascade Brook Trail


Location: 44.1379432678223, -71.7018585205078

L onto Fishin’ Jimmy Trail; follow to Lonesome Hut. Break for the evening or just for a swim and water refill. Caution: Trail is often wet and muddy in spring


Location: 44.138916015625, -71.7299194335938

Turn around for views of Franconia Ridge and the Presidentials; hike up steep trail of rock slabs and boulders


Location: 44.1381340026856, -71.7325820922852

L onto blue-blazed Kinsman Pond Trail; pass tent platforms (fee for use), shelter, outhouse before Kinsman Pond. Lunch on rocky shore; continue on shoreside trail. Option: Extend hike by summiting up to N and S Kinsman Peaks via Kinsman Ridge Trail


Location: 44.1269836425781, -71.7169647216797

Pass unofficial campsite, perfect for an evening nestled next to a gentle waterfall with spectacular sunrise views


Location: 44.1285514831543, -71.7038345336914

Cross brook and immediately turn R onto Cascade Brook Trail


Location: 44.1125259399414, -71.6843490600586

Stay straight on Cascade Brook Trail; go under 2 bridges, then R onto Whitehouse Trail


Location: 44.107666015625, -71.6816482543945

Swing R onto Pemi/Whitehouse Trail and follow .5 mi. to trailhead