History of the White Mountains --- Set 6 (Kinsman Notch)

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

This week I feature the Kinsman Notch in the White Mountains. I can see both North Kinsman and South Kinsman
from my desk, along with nearby Cannon, Lafayette, Lincoln, and Garfield Mountains in the Kinsman Range.
The blue highway below runs through Franconia Notch State Partk


Erika and I were passing through Franconia on our way to visit family in Maine in 2003
We were staying in the Franconia Inn when we spotted a For Sale sign on what became our retirement cottage

Our cottage is on a ridge about three miles up the hill from the Franconia Inn


Our pond garden with the red New Guinea impatiens in full bloom

Cannon Mountain is in the Kinsman Range of mountains
Mittersill is a tiny alpine village at the base of the mountain
Franconia is a larger village at the north end of Franconia Notch

Cannon Mountain as seen on the trail up Mt. Lafayette
The other side of the mountain that we cannot see from our cottage


Bob Jensen's Favorite Pictures of Mt. Lafayette 10 Miles Distant from our cottage
With nine pages quoted from Bill Bryson's traumatic climb up Mt. Lafayette
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Anchor Books, 2007)


Erika looking out over our front yard toward Mt. Garfield
The ridge to the right of Garfield is called the Baby's Cradle
The slope to the right leads up to the top of Mt. Lafayette

Sunrise on Garfield Mountain (with camera zoomed)

The view of North Kinsman from our mail boxes


Kinsman Notch --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsman_Notch

Kinsman Notch is a mountain pass located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States.It is the westernmost of the major notches through the White Mountains (the others being Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch, and Pinkham Notch). To the southeast, the valley of the notch is drained by the Lost River, leading to the Pemigewasset River, and ultimately the Merrimack, flowing into the Gulf of Maine. The northwest half of the notch is drained by Beaver Brook and the Wild Ammonoosuc River, part of the Connecticut River watershed leading to Long Island Sound.

The notch lies between Mount Moosilauke to the southwest and Kinsman Ridge to the northeast.The Appalachian Trail crosses the height of land in the notch on its route between Moosilauke and Kinsman Ridge.The trail descends Moosilauke along Beaver Brook Cascades, a long set of waterfalls descending a total of 1,200 feet (370 m).

The Lost River Reservation, a wild gorge filled with enormous boulders, is found in the floor of the notch to the southeast of the height of land.

New Hampshire Route 112 traverses the notch on its route from North Woodstock to Woodsville, New Hampshire.


Kinsman Notch Map

Part of the Kinsman Notch

Kinsman Ridge Traverse

About five miles from our cottage there's a trail leading to the top of North Kinsman

This is the Kinsman Lodge near the trail head about five miles from our cottage
This lodge is about two miles up from the Franconia Inn where we stayed on our first trip to Franconia


Piles of Stone Mark the Appalachian Trail

A slow-going part of the Appalachian Trail

Lost River Reservation --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_River_Reservation

The Lost River Reservation (also known as the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves) is a series of caves in the White Mountains in Woodstock, New Hampshire, United States. Located 5 miles (8 km) west of the village of North Woodstock on New Hampshire Route 112, Lost River Reservation is set in Kinsman Notch. One of the White Mountains' major passes, Kinsman Notch lies between Mount Moosilauke and Kinsman Ridge at just under 2,000 feet (600 m) above sea level. Lost River Reservation is owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

The Lost River is so-named because the brook draining the southern part of Kinsman Notch disappears below the surface in a narrow, steep-walled glacial gorge. The gorge is partially filled with immense blocks of granite, through the spaces of which the brook cascades along its subterranean course until it eventually emerges and joins the Pemigewasset River, which flows southward from Franconia Notch.

Lost River Website --- http://www.findlostriver.com/

Set 1 of Bob Jensen's Favorite Hiking Trails in the White Mountains
Cannon Mountain Rim Trail, Flume Gorge, Bridal Falls, Lost River Gorge and Caves, and the Livermore, NH Ghost Town


Even if I were younger I would not climb ice
Ice is for drinks and coolers


Bob Jensen's pictures of the Flume Gorge --- go to

This is great

Set 2 of the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park


The Old Man in the Mountain before centuries of wind and ice took him out




Bob Jensen's Photographs of the White Mountains

Set 1 --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Tidbits/Mountains/Set01/MountainsSet01.htm   

Set 2 --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Tidbits/Mountains/Set02/MountainsSet02.htm    
              This set includes White Mountain hiking trail photographs

Bob Jensen's Favorite Pictures of Mt. Lafayette 10 Miles Distant
With nine pages quoted from Bill Bryson's traumatic climb up Mt. Lafayette
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Anchor Books, 2007)

History of The White Mountains --- Set 01

History of The White Mountains --- Set 02

History of The White Mountains --- Set 03 (Franconia Notch)

History of The White Mountains --- Set 04 (Crawford Notch)

History of The White Mountains --- Set 05 (Pinkham Notch)

History of The White Mountains --- Set 06 (Kinsman Notch)


More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories


List of the 25 Notches in New Hampshire's White Mountains --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_notches_in_New_Hampshire
Plus 12 notches in other New Hampshire Mountains

See Also


List of New Hampshire state parks

List of notches in New Hampshire

Kancamagus Highway

Skiing in New Hampshire --- http://gonewengland.about.com/od/skinewhampshire/


Bob Jensen's photo set on White Mountain Hiking Trails ---

Long Trail Photographs (the Green Mountains of Vermont)
http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/getCollection.xql?title=Long Trail Photographs 
Oldest Long Distance Hiking Trail in the United States

February 18, 2012 message from my good friend Barry Rice in Baltimore

In the last 28 months, The Baltimore Sun has published all three of my submissions in the Travel Section of the print edition. The most recent was last Sunday. You can see them using this link even if you don’t have a Facebook account:


On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our address is 190 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
and Vermont's Green Mountains to the West



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