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This is a STRENUOUS HIKE. The "wait list" rules will be in effect to insure a safe & enjoyable experience.

This group is for hikers 50-70+(most of us are 55-65)  who haven't given up on their love of hiking and being in nature despite their age or level of physical conditioning. We hike at a pace 50% slower than the AMC Trailguide book time. Hike ratings: easy,easy/moderate, moderate, advanced moderate,moderate/strenuous, strenuous,very strenuous. On the home page,if you click on the PAGES button there is a hike rating system which explains the wait list.

We start as a group,we hike as a group and we end as a group. If you think you may not be able to keep up with the group, do not carpool. There are three other hiking Meetup groups if you want a faster pace or more challenging hikes (The New England Hiking Meetup, 4 Seasons Hiking Group, New England Over 40 Hiking Group). The hiking Meetup group, (Fellowship Of The Tortoise) does easier,slower paced hikes than  this group.  Our goal is to stay fit while enjoying the camaraderie of hikers who have similar skills and goals. If you click on the PAGES button on the home page, there is a Summer/Winter Hiking Gear List. This is a dog free hiking group. Everybody must join the group and have a picture up to be on a hike.

TRAILHEAD: Take I-93 North to Exit 34B, go down ramp, make a left and go under I-93, bear to the right, we will be parked in the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway Parking Lot; look for my White Ford Taurus Wagon. We will hike the Kinsman Ridge Trail to the summit of Cannon Mountain (4100'). Magnificent views of Franconia Range. 4.4 miles round trip, 2,100 feet elevation gain, AMC book time 3.25 hours, 5-1/2 hours estimated time for our group.---Marc---

Note: we will have the advantage of the heated ski lodge @ the summit to enjoy lunch, bathroom facilities, cafeteria, etc. (one of only a handful of hikes that offer this luxury).

Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.


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  • Kathy C.

    It was a wonderful hike. People who have never hiked in the winter after a snowstorm, will never believe the beauty of the wild places with their snow covered trees. It was like a winter wonderland! We didn't realize how deep the snow was until our legs went down all the to our hips in the snow if we stepped off the trail at all! Thanks Marc and Tom, it was a great hike!!!

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Megan C

    So worth the work out. The trees covered with fresh snow at the top were like walking through an enchanted forest. And butt sledding is going to be the newest Olympic sport for sure!

    1 · February 8, 2014

    • Tabor B.

      Yes amazing!! A magical snow wonderland-minature forest. If New Hampshirites only knew what beauty is now up above where the old man used to be.

      February 9, 2014

  • Diane A.

    Strenuous but BEAUTIFUL. Super fun trip down. My first winter 4,000 footer (at 62). Thanks Marc and Tom for all you do, and especially for allowing me to continue to tag along at the back on the way up this winter.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Dave W

    Sorry, need to cancel for this weekend, hope to see you next weekend.

    February 6, 2014

  • Clarice

    Sorry to miss this. One of my favorites.

    February 5, 2014

  • Cynthia

    I need to cancel as I will be photographing at the Meredith Fishing Derby! Have fun; see you next week.

    February 4, 2014

  • Tom F.

    I recommend you take regular crampons with you. I descended Kinsman Ridge about a month ago. We had a lot of ice covered with 0-2 inches of snow. The crampons were essential in those conditions.

    February 3, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Must opt out of this week's hike. Looking forward to Noon/Jennings.

    February 3, 2014

  • Ken

    I have to opt out. I thought I might be done working every other Saturday by now, but that's not the case. Have fun everyone.

    February 3, 2014

  • Barry

    This weekend I spent the weekend at Cardigan lodge w the AMC including a 7 hr 2000 ft elevation gain hike, 4 summits, 5 hr in crampons

    January 26, 2014

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