Ascent of Cannon Mountain on 2011-06-30

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Thursday, June 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cannon Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

My dad and I got to the Kinsman Ridge trailhead at about 8:00 A.M. The hiker parking is in the Cannon Mountain tramway parking lot. It was very cloudy on the way there, and it started to rain, but it stopped when we started hiking.

The trail was steep the whole way, and it was very steep in some parts. After a little while, the trail turned to loose dirt and sand. It was a little hard to walk on it.

Later on, I could see what looked like either logging remnants or storm damage, and it paralled the trail. The wind and clouds got thicker and faster as we ascended Cannon Mountain.

After that, there was a roped off section with a "Closed" sign and a sign pointing to the trail.

The trail then gets less steep and seems to loop around the mountain. At 2 miles, there was an intersection with several points of interest pointed out. We took a left to get to the observation tower.

After another junction, we got to the observation tower and went up it. A few well-built stairways lead to the top deck. The wind and clouds were being whipped in our faces. A viewfinder was on the tower, but there was no need for it. We then went down and went to the tramway station for some lunch.

I got a pizza at the cafeteria at the tramway station. There weren't many people in there, probably because of the weather.

The trip down was the same as the trip up, except that hiking down it was harder than hiking up it. I saw the only view of the entire hike on the way down, which was a view of Franconia Notch.

Overall, it took about 2 and a half hours to hike up, and about an hour to hike down. There was no one else on the trail. Overall, it was an awesome hike.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Kinsman Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:3780 ft / 1152 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, White-out
Cloudy, foggy, windy, cold
Ascent Part of Trip: Cannon Mountain hike

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cannon Mountain-East Peak2011-06-301800 ft / 549 m
2Cannon Mountain2011-06-30300 ft / 91 m
Total Trip Gain: 2100 ft / 640 m    Total Trip Loss: 2100 ft / 640 m

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