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
Elevation Gain: 2,263 feet
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
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.
To Lafayette Campground:
To Cannon Mountain Tramway
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.
A slight chance of sleet between 4am and 5am, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
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