Ascent of Cannon Mountain on 2018-12-27

Climber: Scott Dresser

Others in Party:Emily Dresser
Date:Thursday, December 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cannon Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Emily home from college break and we were keeping a close eye on good days to hike and although it looked like a cold day, Saturday seemed to be perfect for something that was mostly below the tree line and protected from the NE. A Hi-Cannon, Lonesome Lake loop to the top of Cannon quickly moved to the top of the list since neither us had completed Cannon and it did not disappoint.

Got started around 8am from Lafayette Place with 3-4 others on the trail about the same time. Opted to go up Hi-Cannon and enjoyed the snow free ladder and great views of Franconia Ridge and Lonesome Lake as we ascended above a light undercast that hung in the Notch most of the morning. Hi-Cannon is steep but it was well packed and had few postholes so it was relatively fast moving save for the stops we made to get pictures. No wind on the west side of the ridge made for a pleasant walk up.

Soon enough we picked up the KRT and made the quick dash up to the top of the tower after putting on our heavy gear. The heavy gear allowed us to stay up for 5-10 minutes, to grab a few pictures and enjoy the view over the undercast. But it was gusting 30-40mph and temps were only 5-10F so we descended quickly and regrouped in the protection of the trees at the base of the tower. After we decided to continue south on the KRT and bag Northeast Cannon Ball. Wow, that first drop off Cannon is steep! Most of it was hikable with trail crampons, but there was some butt sledding involved to down to Coppermine Col. Once arriving at the Lonesome Lake Trail intersection we put on snowshoes since that part of the KRT wasn't packed and the extra grip of the crampons helped us get up and down the Cannon Ball. Great views of Cannon's southeast side with Franconia Ridge peaking above.

After that it was straight down the Lonesome Lake Trail to the Lake and a quick walk across the ice to the Hut so we could regroup and grab some food before finishing up. Hung out with several groups, most just in visit the lake for the day, but the caretaker was getting ready to host a bachelorette party at the hut this evening. Beautiful day to be out.

Trip Stats: 6.53 m
Elevation: 3181 ft
Total time: 6:50 hr
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2829 ft / 861 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1029 ft / 313 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
5-10F most of the day under mainly sunny skies. A little undercast in the notch and windy at the to
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2778 ft / 846 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2584 ft / 788 m; Extra: 194 ft / 59m
    Loss on way in:194 ft / 59 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4.1 km
    Route:Lonesome Lake, Hi-Cannon, Kinsman Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lafayette Place Parking Lot  1496 ft / 455 m
    Time:2 Hours 49 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:835 ft / 254 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 784 ft / 239 m; Extra: 51 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:51 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Kinsman Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Coppermine Col  3296 ft / 1004 m
    Time:52 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Cannon

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cannon Mountain2018-12-272829 ft / 862 m
2The Cannon Balls2018-12-27550 ft / 168 m
Total Trip Gain: 3379 ft / 1030 m    Total Trip Loss: 3341 ft / 1019 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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