Distance: 8.2-mile loop
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Low Point: 1770 feet
High Point: 4100 feet
Location: Fraconia, NH
GPS: N44º 10.242' W71º 41.325'
Directions: Meeting in front of the New England Ski Museum, just south of the GPS coords above. If you are coming south on Interstate 93 in Franconia Notch, take exit 34B toward Old Man Historic Site and head west 0.1 mile to the Cannon Tramway parking area. Hiker parking is available on the south side of the lot.
"Spectacular views from multiple angles and diverse vantage points highlight this challenging but extremely rewarding loop in New Hampshire's Franconia Notch. The circuit scales Cannon Mountain's dome-shaped summit and rises to the top of the immense cliffs that the majestic "Old Man of the Mountain" once called home. Descending ladders and wandering over scenic ledges, the route drops to the placid waters of Lonesome Lake and its famous mountain backdrops. Concluding along the banks of the Pemigewasset River, the full-day journey has much to offer to the hardiest of travelers."
Jeffrey Romano. 100 Classic Hikes in New England: Maine / New Hampshire / Vermont / Massachusetts / Rhode Island / Connecticut (Kindle Locations 1560-1564). Kindle Edition.
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