How Did the White Mountains Get Their Name?

I have no idea, but this is what the Kinsmans looked like in November.

For us NOBOs, the Kinsmans are the second thing you encounter in the Whites, after Moosilauke. They are formidable. Rocky and steep, and the descent down Fishin’ Jimmy on the other side is no walk in the park. Well, technically it is because you are in Franconia Notch State Park, but you catch my drift.

The reward at the bottom is a visit to the Lonesome Lake Hut. This is the first of many AMC huts you will hit in the Whites. They are luxurious and if you hit it right, you may get work for stay. If not, you’d have to pay around $120-$130 for a bunk with dinner and breakfast, no showers. If it is on a weekend, you won’t get a spot unless someone cancels. Lonesome Lake is here and it’s a great swimming hole. If you got off at Beaver Brook at the end of Moosilauke and are lucky enough to slack-pack over the Kinsmans it is 17 miles to the Flume Gorge Visitor Center. This or Liberty Springs parking lot is the best place to catch a ride back into Lincoln or Woodstock. If you aren’t planning on hitting town, you will not be able to resupply for a few days, so bring food. It is a few more miles to Liberty Springs tent site, which makes for a very long day. Remember, it is the Whites. They slow everybody down.


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