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)


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.


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

This Afternoon
Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Patchy fog after 2am. Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Patchy fog before 8am, then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night
A slight chance of rain showers before 8pm, then patchy fog. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Patchy fog before 8am, then a chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night
A chance of rain showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunny, with a high near 61.

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

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