After reading and planning hiking trips all winter, I finally tore myself away from the city for a night to bag some new peaks. I decided to head up to Lafayette Campground Friday night and do a North & South Kinsman plus Cannon Mountain loop on Saturday. The 100ish site campground was entirely empty when I arrived so I picked out a choice spot on the little river that runs through it. This is a top campsite for access to trails, with many that start here. Its open year round but they don’t turn the water on until May 19th or 20th so before that its pretty deserted. If you can handle the cold, might be fun to ski/ride Cannon and stay here.
Due to a chance of rain and shivering to death all night by the river in new untested gear, I decided to cut my aspired 16 mile trek down the morning of and I started on Lonesome Lake Trail instead of Pemi Trail to Cascade Basin. I’ve heard Lonesome Lake is an extremely popular destination for day hikers and I can see why. A quick 1.2 mile trudge uphill to a great lake loop doable for small kids and fat people.