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Kinsman Mountain (North Peak), Kinsman Mountain (South Peak), Northeast Cannonball, Cannon Mountain
Easton, NH, Lincoln, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Fishin' Jimmy Trail
Looking up the Fishin' Jimmy Trail

Route: Lonesome Lake Trail, Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, (North Kinsman), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (South Kinsman), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (North Kinsman Trail), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (Northeast Cannonball), Kinsman Ridge Trail, (Cannon Mountain), Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi Cannon Trail, Dodge Cutoff, Lonesome Lake Trail

After heavy rains the morning before, the forecast was looking good. While the trails were a bit wet during the ascent, the sun was starting to break through the clouds. Having not been on the Fishin' Jimmy Trail in a few years, I had forgotten about the steep ledge portions of it - not too much fun when wet!

Nearing North Kinsman, there was a bit of rime ice - and a whole lot of cloud. Continuing to South Kinsman, the summit was covered in a fine ice glaze. Once again, still in a cloud.

Now heading northbound through the Cannonballs, I kept my eye open for any hint of the former Mt. Kinsman Ski Trail. With not too many details of the trail available, I believe I found a few possibilities. Beyond that, the trail dragged on through numerous ups and downs, prior to reaching the clouded in Northeast Cannonball highpoint.

In the col between Northeast Cannonball and Cannon Mountain, I could see the valley below was sunny - perhaps things would lift by the time I reached the summit of Cannon. Not the case, though.

For the descent, I took the Hi Cannon Trail - and emerged below the clouds after a fraction of a mile, getting some nice views from the many ledges on the trail. Below there, I took a right onto the Dodge Cutoff. After the nasty, rocky, and eroded nature of the Hi Cannon Trail, the Dodge Cutoff was a dream. Though not well marked, I was able to follow it with reasonable ease back to Lonesome Lake. From there, it was a bland walk back to Lafayette Place.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Northeast Cannonball
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Cannon Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:22 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,750'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 8:22 AM
Summit Reached: 10:35 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:13
Trailhead Elevation: 1,750'
Summit Elevation: 4,293'
Vertical Gain: 2,738'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 10:36 AM
Summit Reached: 11:07 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 4,358'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 373'
Destination: Kinsman Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:07 AM
Summit Reached: 11:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 4,358'
Summit Elevation: 4,293'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 308'
Destination: Northeast Cannonball
Ascent Commenced: 11:47 AM
Summit Reached: 1:30 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:43
Trailhead Elevation: 4,293'
Summit Elevation: 3,769'
Vertical Gain: 991'
Destination: Cannon Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 1:35 PM
Summit Reached: 2:14 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:39
Trailhead Elevation: 3,769'
Summit Elevation: 4,100'
Vertical Gain: 735'
Hike Ended: 4:12 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 7:50
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,285'


The Lonesome Lake Trail trailhead at Lafayette Place
The Lonesome Lake Trail trailhead at Lafayette Place

Fog as seen from North Kinsman - Click to enlarge
Fog as seen from North Kinsman

The Kinsman Ridge Trail between the Kinsmans
The Kinsman Ridge Trail between the Kinsmans

Fog as seen from South Kinsman - Click to enlarge
Fog as seen from South Kinsman

The Kinsman Ridge Trail between North Kinsman and Northeast Cannonball
The Kinsman Ridge Trail between North Kinsman and Northeast Cannonball

Fog as seen from Northeast Cannonball - Click to enlarge
Fog as seen from Northeast Cannonball

The nasty, eroded ascent of Cannon Mountain on the Kinsman Ridge Trail
The nasty, eroded ascent of Cannon Mountain on the Kinsman Ridge Trail

Fog as seen from Cannon Mountain - Click to enlarge
Fog as seen from Cannon Mountain

Views emerge from the Hi Cannon Trail
Views emerge from the Hi Cannon Trail

Topographic map of Kinsman Mountain (North Peak), Kinsman Mountain (South Peak), Northeast Cannonball, Cannon Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take I-93 South to the Lafayette Place exit. The Lonesome Lake Trail starts on the foot bridge at the hiker parking lot.

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