CANNON MTN VIA HI CANNON TRAIL

This is an advanced hike.  Please know your abilities.

Total estimated time 5:30.  Total mileage 6.34 miles

All attendees must read, understand and agree to the waiver/liability as outlined by this website

All hikers must have cold weather gear and be experienced above treeline in winter conditions. 

All hikers must have snow shoes and foot traction of some type

All attendees must read, understand and agree to the waiver/liability as outlined by this websTime Elev
Change
Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude
starting at Lonesome Lake Trailhead 44° 08' 31" 71° 41' 03"
This yellow-blazed trail begins on the west side of the Franconia
Notch Parkway, at the picnic area at the end of the south parking
lot at Lafayette Campground (the parking area is a stop for the
AMC’s Hiker Shuttle), and runs past Lonesome Lake to the
Kinsman Ridge Trail at Coppermine Col.
0.03 mi 1 min 0 ft on Lonesome Lake Trail
0.03 mi 1 min 0 ft This yellow-blazed trail begins on the west side of the Franconia
Notch Parkway, and runs past Lonesome Lake to the Kinsman
Ridge Trail at Coppermine Col. It follows the route of an old bridle
path much of the way to Lonesome Lake, with good footing and
easy to moderate grades; beyond the lake it becomes frequently
fairly steep and quite rough with poor footing.
The trail leaves the parking lot at a large trail sign, crosses the
Pemigewasset River on a footbridge and then crosses the Pemi
Trail.
to the junction of Pemi Trail 44° 08' 32" 71° 41' 05"
0.30 mi 15 min +170 ft on Lonesome Lake Trail
0.33 mi 16 min +170 ft It follows a yellow-blazed path through the campground, climbing
at a moderate grade. Then a bridge crosses a small brook at a
sharp left turn in the trail, and the Hi-Cannon Trail leaves right.
to the junction of Hi-Cannon Trail 44° 08' 26" 71° 41' 23"
0.80 mi 51 min +886 ft on Hi-Cannon Trail
1.13 mi 1 hr 7 min +1056 ft This trail begins at the Lonesome Lake Trail and ends on the
Kinsman Ridge Trail, south of the summit of Cannon Mountain. It
is steep near Cliff House, somewhat rough at times, and
potentially dangerous if there is ice on the ledges above Cliff
House. It passes several fine viewpoints, particularly the ledges
overlooking Lonesome Lake.
The trail diverges right (west) from the Lonesome Lake Trail and
begins to ascend steadily by switchbacks. Watch carefully for a
sharp right switchback, where an old logging road continues
straight and rejoins the Lonesome Lake Trail. Then the Dodge
Cutoff from Lonesome Lake enters on the left at the top of a ridge.
to the junction of Dodge Cutoff 44° 08' 37" 71° 41' 46"
1.20 mi 1 hr 11 min +1105 ft on Hi-Cannon Trail
2.33 mi 2 hr 18 min +2161 ft Soon the Hi-Cannon Trail becomes significantly steeper and
rougher. There is a fine outlook to the area around Lafayette
Campground and across Franconia Notch. The trail turns left
here, and 100 yd. farther, passes Cliff House (right)—a natural
rock shelter—and ascends a ladder with a tricky ledge at the top
(dangerous if icy). It then passes through woods along a cliff edge
with three fine outlooks over Lonesome Lake (use caution on the
ledges, as cliffs drop off sharply from them). Then the trail
ascends moderately with much rough footing to the top of the
ridge, turns right, and ends at its junction with the Kinsman Ridge
Trail. For the summit of Cannon Mountain, follow the Kinsman
Ridge Trail straight uphill.
to the junction of Kinsman Ridge Trail 44° 09' 09" 71° 42' 02"
0.40 mi 16 min +127 ft on Kinsman Ridge Trail
2.73 mi 2 hr 34 min +2288 ft This trail follows the crest of the main ridge from the height-of-land
on NH 112 in Kinsman Notch to the Cannon Mountain Tramway
parking lot just off the Franconia Notch Parkway (look for the trail
sign on a post in the lot and park nearby). From NH 112 to
Kinsman Junction, it is part of the AT. For much of its length, it is
a more difficult route than one might infer from the map—footing
is often rough and there are many minor ups and downs. Hikers
with heavy packs should allow considerable extra time for many
parts of the trail. There is little water on or near several long
sections of the trail, and none that a cautious hiker will drink
without treatment.
The Hi-Cannon Trail enters right, and the Kinsman Ridge Trail
swings left and climbs gradually to the gravel Rim Trail, where it
encounters the maze of trails in the summit area. The true
summit, with its observation platform and lookout tower, is
reached in 120 yd. by following the gravel path straight ahead
from this junction; a path continues from the tower down to the
Cannon Mountain Tramway summit station.
to the junction of Rim Trail 44° 09' 22" 71° 41' 56"
2
Distance Time Elev
Change
Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude
0.04 mi 1 min +41 ft on Rim Trail
2.77 mi 2 hr 35 min +2329 ft The Rim Trail is a gravel path that circles the summit of Cannon
Mountain, connecting the Tramway terminal with the summit
observation tower, and affording excellent views to the south. A
portion of the Rim Trail coincides for 0.2 mi. with the Kinsman
Ridge Trail.
The Rim Trail diverges from the Kinsman Ridge Trail and ascends
gradually to the summit observation tower.
to Cannon Mtn 44° 09' 24" 71° 41' 55"
0.04 mi 1 min -41 ft on Rim Trail
2.81 mi 2 hr 36 min +2288 ft The trail leaves the summit observation tower and descends
gradually to its southern junction with the Kinsman Ridge Trail.
to the junction of Kinsman Ridge Trail 44° 09' 22" 71° 41' 56"
0.40 mi 16 min -127 ft on Kinsman Ridge Trail
3.21 mi 2 hr 52 min +2161 ft From this junction with the tourist paths, the Kinsman Ridge Trail
descends gradually to the junction with the Hi-Cannon Trail, which
continues straight where the Kinsman Ridge Trail turns right, and
soon drops very steeply down a rough path among huge boulders
to Coppermine Col.
to the junction of Hi-Cannon Trail 44° 09' 09" 71° 42' 02"
0.40 mi 27 min -490 ft on Kinsman Ridge Trail
3.61 mi 3 hr 19 min +1671 ft It then climbs for a few yards to the junction on the left with the
Lonesome Lake Trail, which leads southeast to Lonesome Lake
Hut (water can be found down this trail).
to the junction of Lonesome Lake Trail 44° 09' 03" 71° 42' 22"
0.90 mi 48 min -675 ft on Lonesome Lake Trail
4.51 mi 4 hr 7 min +995 ft The Lonesome Lake Trail begins heading southeast from the
Kinsman Ridge Trail in Coppermine Col, southwest of the summit
of Cannon Mountain.
to the junction of Around-Lonesome-Lake Trail 44° 08' 31" 71° 42' 03"
0.30 mi 10 min -9 ft on Around-Lonesome-Lake Trail
4.81 mi 4 hr 17 min +986 ft This trail, composed mostly of portions of other trails, encircles
Lonesome Lake and affords fine views, especially of the
Franconia Range. The part on the west shore of the lake is
subject to flooding in wet seasons, though log bridges cross most
of the boggy places.
to the junction of Fishin' Jimmy Trail 44° 08' 18" 71° 42' 10"
0.05 mi 2 min -4 ft on Around-Lonesome-Lake Trail
4.86 mi 4 hr 19 min +982 ft It crosses the outlet brook on a bridge then ends at the Cascade
Brook Trail at the south end of Lonesome Lake.
to the junction of Cascade Brook Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail 44° 08' 17" 71° 42' 07"
0.25 mi 8 min +22 ft on Around-Lonesome-Lake Trail
5.11 mi 4 hr 27 min +1004 ft From this junction, Lonesome Lake Hut is 150 yd. to the left. The
trail continues along the east side of the lake towards a junction
with the Lonesome Lake Trail and the Dodge Cutoff.
to Lonesome Lake 44° 08' 25" 71° 41' 57"
0.90 mi 52 min -834 ft on Lonesome Lake Trail
6.01 mi 5 hr 19 min +170 ft At a junction near the shore of Lonesome Lake the Around-The-
Lake Trail departs and the Dodge Cutoff diverges left. From this
point, the trail descends by three long switchbacks.
to the junction of Hi-Cannon Trail 44° 08' 26" 71° 41' 23"
0.30 mi 15 min -170 ft on Lonesome Lake Trail
6.31 mi 5 hr 34 min 0 ft The Hi-Cannon Trail leaves left, then a bridge crosses a small
brook at a sharp right turn in the trail. It descends at a moderate
grade, following a yellow-blazed path into the Lafayette
Campground where it intersects the Pemi Trail (one of the gravel
roads serving as campsite access).
to the junction of Pemi Trail 44° 08' 32" 71° 41' 05"
0.03 mi 1 min 0 ft on Lonesome Lake Trail
6.34 mi 5 hr 35 min 0 ft It crosses the Pemi Trail then the Pemigewasset River on a
footbridge and arrives at the parking lot at a large trail sign.
to Lonesome Lake Trailhead 44° 08' 31" 71° 41' 03"
3
Distance Time Elev
Change
Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude
This yellow-blazed trail begins on the west side of the Franconia
Notch Parkway, at the picnic area at the end of the south parking
lot at Lafayette Campground (the parking area is a stop for the
AMC’s Hiker Shuttle), and runs past Lonesome Lake to the
Kinsman Ridge Trail at Coppermine Col.
6.34 mi 5 hr 35 min 0 ft Totalsite

Join or login to comment.

  • Carolyn W.

    Had a great time hiking with Mark-great company, great hike, soaked through

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carolyn and I had a great time. Number 30 of the 48 for her. It was a awesome day for ducks!

    December 21, 2013

  • BECKY

    Actually, just saw the weather report, and it looks like the ice will be coming in later. Please don't wait for me, but I may be there.

    December 20, 2013

  • BECKY

    I am really sad to back out, but the ice prediction looks bad, and I really don't want to hike on the ledges or drive home in an ice storm. Merry Christmas everybody.

    December 20, 2013

  • Steve B.

    It seems like there are so many hikes scheduled for that weekend! Thank you for sending me that invitation to Cannon with you, but I'm already committed to the Doubleheads and Moriah the two days of that weekend. Please keep me informed of any more of your hikes; I'm not working most of the last two weeks of the year. Merry Christmas!

    December 3, 2013

5 went

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more
Henry

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy