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

Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 48. North wind 20 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Rain before 8am, then rain showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 20 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Thursday Night
A chance of rain showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, 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. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about