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Hiking Cannon Mountain

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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 (1243.9 meters)
Distance: 5.6 miles Round Trip(9.01 km)
Duration: 3-5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 2,263 feet (689.7 meters)

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 Lafayette 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

Juneteenth
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. West wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday
A chance of rain showers between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 11pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11pm and 1am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1am and 5am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday
Rain showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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