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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Kinsman Ridge Trail near the Cannon Mountain summit
Once again, the forecast wasn't looking great. Watching satellite, radar, and webcams for part of the day, I saw that Cannon appeared to be in the clear. Thus, I headed up to Franconia Notch.
Nearing Cannon, I saw an oddly colored sky. I have grown accustomed to skies that are, according to the Monkees, only shades of grey. However, today the skies appeared to be blue near Cannon. Surely, this must have been an oversight of some sort.
The ascent up the Kinsman Ridge Trail was as I remembered it - eroded. While the first portion has halfway decent footing on loose dirt, things became rocky as I reached the ski glade. Above the glade, there were pools of mud. I found navigation to be vague in a few places too, as blazes were faded and herd paths had formed.
Reaching the summit tower, the views were pretty limited to the south, west, and north. To the east, the Franconia Ridge was obscured by clouds, under blue skies.
The descent was pretty quiet, as the tramway had been closed for an hour or two at this point.
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Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead near the base of the tramway
Cow Vetch as seen near the Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead
Looking east at the Franconia Ridge from the Cannon Mountain observation deck
Directions to trailhead: Take I-93 North to the Cannon Mountain Tramway exit. The dirt road to the trailhead is to the left when looking at the mountain from the parking lot.
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