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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 Mittersill Peak
Looking up the Taft Trail on the way up Mittersill Peak

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

Ah, the first day of winter. With limited daylight after the official start, Cannon seemed like a good choice. With the upper portion of the ski area closed, it seemed like a perfect time to snowshoe up Mittersill.

After six days in a row on the trails, as well as having cloudy skies overhead, I was dragging for much of the ascent. Topping out at Mittersill Peak, I could see the potential for a great sunset. Reaching the top of Cannon, the winds were brutal and the temperature similar. With limited visibility, I opted only to climb a few flights of stairs up the deck for a quick glance of the mediocre views.

After dropping down a few hundred vertical feet (out of the clouds and winds), I found a good angle for the sunset. Sure enough, it was a a spectacular display, as the cloud layer lit up while the sun set roughly between Killington and Pico. Catching up with my group who had watched the display from Mittersill Peak, we were able to descend the trails without needing our headlamps.


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: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, December 21, 2009
Hike Commenced: 2:10 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,860'
Destination: Mittersill Peak
Ascent Commenced: 2:10 PM
Summit Reached: 3:02 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:52
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 3,617'
Vertical Gain: 1,747'
Destination: Cannon Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:05 PM
Summit Reached: 3:27 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 3,617'
Summit Elevation: 4,100'
Vertical Gain: 605'
Hike Ended: 5:14 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,449'


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

Looking Killington and Pico in the distance from Mittersill Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking Killington and Pico in the distance from Mittersill Peak

Looking up the Taft Trail on the way to Cannon Mountain
Looking up the Taft Trail on the way to Cannon Mountain

Camel's Hump as seen in the distance from the Cannon Mountain observation tower - Click to enlarge
Camel's Hump as seen in the distance from the Cannon Mountain observation tower

The sunset as seen from near the summit of Cannon Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from near the summit of Cannon Mountain

Sunset colors as seen from Mittersill Peak - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors as seen from Mittersill Peak

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 ski trail to the left (not to be confused with a dirt access road that branches out from the parking lot).

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