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Northeast Cannon Ball
Lincoln, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to the Northeast Cannonball
Looking down the Kinsman Ridge Trail on the way to the Northeast Cannonball

Route: Lonesome Lake Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, (Northeast Cannon Ball), Kinsman Ridge Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail

Curious to see if the snowpack had improved the views on Northeast Cannonball, I opted to head up to the Kinsman Ridge.

While there was virtually no snow left in Franconia Notch, the Lonesome Lake Trail still had on-trail snow, though of the monorail variety. Reaching the lake, I could see some blue sky - a welcome sight after watching the skies cloud over a few hours earlier.

Reaching the summit of Northeast Cannonball, the snow was too compromised for me to stand on top (thus sinking a foot or two), reducing my chance at stellar views. Nonetheless, the views were stronger than normal. Continuing over to the waterbar view, I could see well into the southern part of the state.

For the descent, I did some trail work, reaching the lake just before sunset. Sure enough, I had some slight colors while watching the display from the shore.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Northeast Cannon Ball
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 18, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:24 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,750'
Destination: Northeast Cannon Ball
Ascent Commenced: 4:24 PM
Summit Reached: 5:41 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:17
Trailhead Elevation: 1,750'
Summit Elevation: 3,769'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,084'
Hike Ended: 7:17 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:53
Hike Distance: 5 mile
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,159'


The Lonesome Lake Trail trailhead at the Lafayette Campground hiker parking lot
The Lonesome Lake Trail trailhead at the Lafayette Campground hiker parking lot

Looking Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge from Northeast Cannonball - Click to enlarge
Looking Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ridge from Northeast Cannonball

The sunset as seen from Lonesome Lake - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Lonesome Lake

Topographic map of Northeast Cannon Ball - 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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