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(NH4K/NEHH) Cannon, the Cannonballs, and the Kinsmans (Advanced)

The infamous Cannon-Cannonballs-Kinsmans Hike! Hike a total of 3 New Hampshire 4000-footers and a New England 100 Highest (NE Cannonball), all of which have great views from the summits!

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

Please read the entire event description before you RSVP, and answer all questions. It is important, not only for your safety, but that of the entire group. Failure to answer the questions will result in removal from the event.

Trip Summary:

The route plan is to take the Lonesome Lake Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, and the Kinsman Ridge Trail to the summit of Cannon Mountain, then follow the Kinsman Ridge Trail all the way out over the Cannonballs to Kinsman Junction. If we are still good on time and energy, we will head out to North and South Kinsman, otherwise we will head down from there. We will close the loop using the Fishin' Jimmy Trail and the Lonesome Lake Trail. The total distance of this hike is approximately 12.5 miles with 5100ft of elevation gain. The "book time" on this hike is 8hr 45min, and the goal is to complete the hike (including stops) in approximately that amount of time.

While not overly long in distance, this hike involves a LOT of up and down climbing over rugged terrain, including some boulder scrambling and a long, steep ladder. For this reason, I am rating this hike as "advanced" even though the stats don't completely warrant it.


Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

Current forecasts:

Mount Washington


Below is a link to the minimum required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

There is water available here and there along the trail, but I would suggest simply bringing 2-3 liters with you instead. The summit of Cannon and the Lonesome Lake Hut are the only 2 convenient re-fill sites.

Warm Weather Packing List

Meeting Location:

We will meet at the trailhead parking lot for the Lonesome Lake Trail, which is off of Interstate 93 South. You are welcome to park at the Northbound lot for the Old Bridle Path and walk underneath the overpass if you wish, but I will not look for anyone there. Both parking lots tend to overflow on the weekends, so being early is advised! We will depart on the hike at 8:00, so please be there sufficiently early to gear up as needed so we can leave on time. I will provide my phone number the evening before the hike, in case you are running a couple minutes late. We will not wait for anyone that is not there on time otherwise.

Any carpooling is each person’s responsibility to arrange. I suggest the Salem, NH park and ride (exit 2), or Concord, NH park and ride.

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 agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at

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  • Sean O.

    Will u be doing this hike again this fall? I need to get the north east cannon ball for my N.E.H.H. Sean O'Connor

    August 20, 2014

    • Matt D.

      Probably not, I don't get to hike much in the fall. Possibly this winter though. NE CannonBall is fairly straight-forward though via the Lonesome Lake Trail.

      August 20, 2014

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