NH4K - Cannon (MODERATE)

  • March 10, 2013 · 8:30 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.

Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.


What we're doing...

The plan is to climb one of the 4,000 Footers in NH - Cannon (#36 @ 4,100'). Cannon is also known as Profile Mountain, referring to the magnificent profile of the Old Man of the Mountain, an infamous formation of three ledges on the east cliff that collapsed in May 2003.

While we won't be able to sled down the ski trails we can make use of a sled along the hiking trail. We will use the Kinsman Ridge Trail to reach the summit and then follow our route in reverse to get back to the trailhead.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are not permitted on this hike.


What to bring...

Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - you will need things like warm layers, wind protection, goggles, snow shoes, and traction. I will update everyone if weather conditions dictate that we bring more than what is described here. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions contact me.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. If you don't have the required items you put yourself and everyone else at risk. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.


Trip Summary

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.

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 4.4 miles and climb about 2,300 feet. It should take an average hiker about 3 hours 30 minutes to complete this trip (this does not include time for rest breaks).

This event is considered to be MODERATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.



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.



We will meet in the southern part of the parking lot at Cannon Mountain Tramway. This lot is located on the west side of Route 93 north of Lincoln, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 140 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 17 minutes to drive there. We will leave a few cars there and then drive the short distance to where we will begin the hike.

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.


Random Group of Hikers 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; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(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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    Sorry, didn't realize there wasn't a carpool set up. Really don't want to drive up for such a short hike w/out sharing a ride.

    March 9, 2013

    • Michael B.

      Carpools for most of our hikes are set-up by participants directly with each other.

      March 10, 2013

  • Lin

    Have to cancel due to eye infection. It's going to be a beautiful day! Sorry to miss out!

    March 9, 2013

    • Michael B.

      Hope you are feeling better. See on the next one.

      March 10, 2013

  • Ann

    Is there still a space left for tomorrow? And wasn't this the site of the infamous "cannon nine" escapade? (is it safe to go back already :-))

    March 9, 2013

  • Debra

    Awesome! I am starting to love winter! I love the Random Group!

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Michael B.

      Glad you could join us despite the RSVP mix-up.

      March 10, 2013

  • Ann

    Could not have imagined a better day! Michael--thank you for organizing and for making the day so much fun! (who knew sledding was possible even without a sled?)

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Michael B.

    The weather forecast for Sunday is looking pretty good - mostly sunny, with a high near 36. I am going to bring a small sled to attach to my pack to use on the way back down - feel free to bring one if you want to. As John already posted, remember to set your clocks one hour AHEAD when you go to sleep on Saturday night.

    March 8, 2013

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