Ascent of Cannon Mountain on 2013-08-11

Climber: Paul Blanchette

Others in Party:Steve Blanchette -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cannon Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

This day was my son's 30th birthday and he chose to hike Cannon mountain so we would be on the top of the observation tower with the rest of the family that came up the gondola at precisely 10:36 when he was born. We hiked the Hi-Cannon trail and got up there by 10:25 so that was a great success.
The Hi-Cannon trail was a good climb and has a ladder on one section but do not do this if the weather is poor/icy as there are some potentially dangerous spots.
We then went down the Kinsman trail to the Cannon Balls. Tried to find a reasonable place to bushwhack Middle Ball but had no luck. Continued over West Ball to NE Kinsman and then down the Appalachian trail to lonesome lake and then back to Lafayette camp ground where we started from.
Great views in some spots (not much on the Balls)but I was amazed at how many dogs were on the trail and some parts a very steep.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2570 ft / 783 m
    Total Elevation Loss:930 ft / 283 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2570 ft / 783 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2320 ft / 707 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Hi-Cannon, Kinsman
    Start Trailhead:lafayette camp ground  1760 ft / 536 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:680 ft / 207 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Kinsman trail
    End Trailhead:dip before ball mtn  3400 ft / 1036 m
Ascent Part of Trip: cannon loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cannon Mountain2013-08-11 a2570 ft / 783 m
2The Cannon Balls2013-08-11 b369 ft / 112 m
3(Attempt) Cannon Balls-Middle Peak2013-08-11 c70 ft / 21 m
4Cannon Balls-West Peak2013-08-11 d393 ft / 120 m
5North Kinsman Mountain-Northeast Peak2013-08-11 e292 ft / 89 m
6AMC Lonesome Lake Hut2013-08-11 f0 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 3694 ft / 1125 m    Total Trip Loss: 3694 ft / 1126 m

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