Ascent of Cannon Mountain on 2014-08-23

Climber: Michael Berger

Others in Party:Richard Bedard -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Brian Platt -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Randy Bullis
Darin Gagne -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, August 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cannon Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Joined hiking buddies Dick Bedard and Brian Platt on their final peak of the 48 White Mountain 4000'ers. They had an impressive crowd going up the mountain with us and an even more impressive crowd at the top. There's a lot to be said for saving Cannon for the last peak as folks can get up to the top fairly easily using the tramway if they don't want to hike up.

We took the Kingsman Ridge Trail up. As others have reported, it was steep and very much erodes. There were a fair number of rock scrambles to keep things interesting. The last 3/4 of a mile is fairly easy hiking giving us a nice break as we approached our goal. We all took an extended break on an overlook on top of the cliffs which gave a great view down the notch and across the notch at the Franconia Ridge. Clouds obscured views at times, but would open up to give us decent views for a lot of the hike.

When we got to the top, Dick and Brian walked to the summit under an honor guard of crossed hiking poles. Very cool. Lots of champagne toasts and thank yous capped off the celebration.

The views from the top were awesome - beautiful 360 views today with nice sightings of the Northern Presis just beyond Franconia Ridge.

We all decided to give out butts and knees a break and took the MUCH GENTLER Mittersill Trail down to the bottom. It was a standard ski trail hike. I'm not a big fan of ski trail hikes, but it was better than the alternative.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Kinsman Ridge Trail
Descent Statistics
    Route:Mittersill Trail

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