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Cannon Mountain
Franconia, NH

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
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.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:27 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,965'
Destination: Cannon Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:30 PM
Summit Reached: 5:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:15
Trailhead Elevation: 1,975'
Summit Elevation: 4,100'
Vertical Gain: 2,270'
Hike Ended: 7:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:56
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,425'


Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead near the base of the tramway
Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead near the base of the tramway

Cow Vetch as seen near the Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead
Cow Vetch as seen near the Kinsman Ridge Trail trailhead

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