FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
Home

States
 Colorado
 Connecticut
 Maine
 Massachusetts
 New Hampshire
 New York
 Rhode Island
 Utah
 Vermont

 View All

Lists
 NE 4,000 Footers
 NE 100 Highest
 NH 4,000 Footers
 NH 100 Highest
 NH 52 With A View
 NH Belknap Range
 NH Ossipee 10

Links
Search

Trail Conditions

Trip Log
 Sunrises
 Sunsets


About


Mittersill Peak, Cannon Mountain
Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Taft Trail on the way up to the peak of Mittersill
Looking up the Taft Trail on the way up to the peak of Mittersill

Route: Taft Cut Off, Taft Trail, (Mittersill Peak), Taft Trail, spur trail, (Cannon Mountain), spur trail, Taft Trail, (Mittersill Peak), Taft Trail, Taft Cut Off

Indexing my vehicle's thermometer to the bank signs, it appeared to be about 0 degrees when I arrived at the base of the old Mittersill double chairlift. Since this was a late afternoon hike, the temperature would only be plummeting.

My original intent was to sort of follow the double chairlift line like I had the previous winter. Seeing that there was very little skier traffic, however, I decided to head up the Taft Cut Off to the Taft Trail, to hopefully find something a bit packed down. After passing near the top of the Tuckerbrook quad chairlift, there was a bit more evidence of skier traffic, and thus, not much more trail breaking to do.

Rounding a corner, I was surprised to see lots of small spruce growth in the trail - I've generally found the old Mittersill trails decently maintained. Other than occasionally snagging my snowshoe, it wasn't too bad nonetheless.

Soon, I arrived at the top of the old double chairlift. Up to this point, I had been over the shoulder of Mittersill and had thus not had much sunlight. Above here, however, things began to brighten up. As I reached the top of the peak, I was greeted with tremendous views, ranging from points in Vermont to the Franconia Ridge to Northeast Cannonball to the Kinsmans.

The next segment of trail was surprisingly quiet - even though I was snowshoeing right up an active ski trail. I only saw two skiers the entire time.

The spur trail from the top of the Cannonball Quad chairlift was drifted and not broken out. Nonetheless, it wasn't overly heard to ascend. Arriving at the base of the observation tower, I quickly swapped base layers and geared up for the rest of the hike. Other than the occasional mild gust, the winds were not bad at all.

The views from the observation tower were the best I've ever had during my four hikes to Cannon thus far. Had the weather been warmer, I would have considered waiting for the sunset. My toes were starting to get cold, however, so I headed back down the stairs and was soon on my way down the hill.

The only sizable winds I encountered during the entire hike were directly at my face as I decided the ski trail. Once I dipped into the col, things became a bit more mild. Back on the top of the Mittersill peak, a yellow glow was starting to develop behind the Kinsmans. As I descended, the horizon started to evolve into sunset colors. Unfortunately, there wasn't a good perspective to get any sunset shots (other than waiting on the top of the fairly exposed Mittersill peak, which I didn't want to do in this weather).

Reaching the bottom, there was a beautiful glow behind the base of the chairlift. According to my bank-indexed vehicle thermometer, it was 7 degrees below zero at the base at this point. Just a little bit chilly!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mittersill Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Cannon Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Hike Commenced: 2:10 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,860'
Destination: Mittersill Peak
Ascent Commenced: 2:10 PM
Summit Reached: 3:06 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:56
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 3,617'
Vertical Gain: 1,747'
Destination: Cannon Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:07 PM
Summit Reached: 3:29 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 3,617'
Summit Elevation: 4,100'
Vertical Gain: 605'
Hike Ended: 5:00 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:50
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,449'


Looking up the old Mittersill ski area
Looking up the old Mittersill ski area

Looking at Northeast Cannonball and the Kinsmans from near the summit of Mittersill peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Northeast Cannonball and the Kinsmans from near the summit of Mittersill peak

The spur trail to the summit of Cannon Mountain
The spur trail to the summit of Cannon Mountain

Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the Cannon Mountain observation tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the Cannon Mountain observation tower

Sunset colors as seen from near the top of Mittersill - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors as seen from near the top of Mittersill

Topographic map of Mittersill Peak, Cannon Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take I-93 North to the Cannon Mountain Peabody Slopes exit. Continue past the Cannon entrance, taking a left at the Mittersill sign. There are multiple parking areas on the left a fraction of a mile down this road. Looking uphill adjacent to the old double chairlift, the Taft Cut Off Trail is the furthest to the left.

Back to Mittersill Peak Profile
Back to Cannon Mountain Profile




Copyright 2002-2017, All Rights Reserved.
www.FranklinSites.com