Cannon Mountain - Winter Hike

Cannon Mountain is one of the shortest distance hikes of the NH 4000 footers, but still is absolutely gorgeous. Located in Franconia Notch, it might be most notably be known for being the home of the old man on the mountain (not anymore). Overlooking Franconia Notch with a clear view of Mount Lafayette, Little Haystack, Liberty and Flume (Franconia Ridge), Cannon has a pretty ridiculous view. To the south, the ridge connects over to North and South Kinsman, and you can see all the way to Mount Moosilauke and beyond.

Height: 4,081 feet

Distance: 5.6 miles

Duration: 3-5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: 2,263 feet

Cannon Mountain - Winter Hike

Trails

Hi Cannon Trail

The Hi Cannon trailhead is located at Lafayette Campground. From trailhead to summit is 2.8 miles, making the total trip 5.6 miles. The trail contains very steep sections as well as a wooden ladder and a cliff view of Lonesome Lake. Hikers can also choose to go a little out of the way on the Lonesome Lake Trail (seen below).

Kinsman Ridge Trail

This is a 2 mile trail (4 round trip) up Cannon Mountain. This is the fastest route up Cannon and can be accessed from the Cannon Mountain Tramway parking area (highlighted route below).

Cannon Trail Map

Cannon Mountain Trail Map

Image courtesy of 4000footers.com

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Winter Hiking Cannon Mountain

In the winter, Cannon is a great shorter hiking option. Leaving from Lafeyette Campground will give you a bit longer hike, with some pretty steep incline spots, a couple cliff views overlooking Lonesome Lake and Franconia notch, and even a badass ladder to climb.

Directions

To Lafayette Campground:

 

To Cannon Mountain Tramway

Nearby Hikes

Access to both North and South Kinsman is easy from Cannon mountain. You will also find many who choose to simply hike to Lonesome Lake, where there is also the Lonesome Lake Hut for camping.

Just across the highway lies Franconia Ridge, offering some of the best views in NH. You can park at Lafayette Campground to access the Old Bridle Path up Mount Lafayette, or the Falling Waters Trail up to Franconia Ridge.

Weather Forecast

Lincoln, NH

Overnight
A slight chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday
A slight chance of rain showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 8pm and 1am, then a chance of rain showers and patchy fog between 1am and 4am, then patchy fog and a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday
A chance of rain showers and patchy fog. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday
A chance of rain showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

 

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