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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 near the top of Mittersill Peak
Looking up the Taft Trail near the top of Mittersill Peak

Route: Lift line, Taft Trail, (Mittersill), Taft Trail, spur trail, (Cannon Mountain), spur trail, Taft Trail, (Mittersill), Taft Trail, Lift fline

With the newly refurbished Mittersill area closed after only one day of operation, I decided to go for a quiet snowshoe up the once-backcountry ski trails.

Starting at Lot 2, I took my time going up the lift line, taking photos of the new lift (the most expensive two person chairlift in New England history) to contrast with the removed one. Reaching the summit of Mittersill, I could see a nice sunset was setting up to the west.

Continuing into the saddle and up the Taft Slalom Trail (closed), I soon reached the top of the ski area and spur trail to the summit.

After taking off my snowshoes, I climbed up the steps to the observation deck and was just in time to see a nice sunset to the west. Amazingly, there was no wind.

Due to the general lack of snow, I took my time on the descent, donning my headlamp for the last half hour or so.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 6, 2011
Hike Commenced: 3:15 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,855'
Destination: Mittersill Peak
Ascent Commenced: 3:17 PM
Summit Reached: 4:03 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:46
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 3,617'
Vertical Gain: 1,747'
Destination: Cannon Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:05 PM
Summit Reached: 4:24 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:19
Trailhead Elevation: 3,617'
Summit Elevation: 4,100'
Vertical Gain: 605'
Hike Ended: 5:36 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:21
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,454'


Looking up the bottom of the Mittersill lift line
Looking up the bottom of the Mittersill lift line

Northeast Cannonball and the Kinsmans as seen from Mittersill Peak - Click to enlarge
Northeast Cannonball and the Kinsmans as seen 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

The Franconia Ridge as seen from the Cannon Mountain observation tower - Click to enlarge
The Franconia Ridge as seen from the Cannon Mountain observation tower

The sunset as seen from the Cannon Mountain observation tower - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from the Cannon Mountain observation tower

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. The Mittersill chairlift is located at the back of these lots.

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