Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire

Prominence: 720 ft, 220 m

Elevation: 4080+ feet, 1244+ meters

True Isolation: 1.71 mi, 2.76 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 4080 - 4120 ft
    (40-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 4080 ft / 1244 m
    (Range 4080 - 4120 ft)
Local or Alternate Name(s)Alternate: Profile Mountain
Peak TypeFamous Peak, but not High Point
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)44° 9' 24'' N, 71° 41' 55'' W
44.156776, -71.698626 (Dec Deg)
284208 E 4892827 N, Zone 19 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceNew Hampshire
County/Second Level RegionGrafton

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Lists that contain Cannon Mountain:
     New Hampshire 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #36)
     New England 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #48)
     AMC New Hampshire 4000-footers (Rank #36)
     Northeast USA 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #82)
     AMC New England 4000-footers (Rank #48)
     Northeast "115" 4000-footers (Rank #85)
     Trailwright New Hampshire 4000 footers (Rank #58)
     New England 3700-foot Peaks (Rank #48)
     AMC New England Hundred Highest (Rank #48)
     New Hampshire 3500-foot Peaks (Rank #36)
     YMCA Alpine Club List (NH) (Rank #45)
     Peaks on US State Quarters (Rank #11)
     Famous Peaks that are not High Points (Rank #18)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       AMC White Mountain Guide, 28th Edition (Smith, Daniell)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 2179
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 1874)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2007-12-30 by M (whichway) Lardiere
     2007-12-31 by Monica Trust (Unsuccessful)
     2008-01-20 by Monica Trust
     2009-10-18 by Matthew Nelson
     2010-07-17 by Michael Berger
     2010-11-13 by Dan Quinlan (GPS Track)
     2011-06-30 by Spencer Corcoran
     2011-07-27 by Andrew Russel
     2011-09-16 by Ryan Aschbrenner
     2012-01-01 by Michael Blair
     2012-02-11 by Matt DiFrancesco (GPS Track)
     2012-07-01 by Isaiah Knight
     2012-08-13 by Gabriel C
     2012-11-24 by Heather Hesse
     2013-03-24 by Matt DiFrancesco (GPS Track)
     2013-08-10 by Zachary Goumas (GPS Track)
     2013-08-11 by Paul Blanchette
     2013-08-11 by Steve Blanchette (GPS Track)
     2014-08-23 by Richard Bedard (GPS Track)
     2014-08-23 by Michael Berger
     2015-07-02 by Jeremy Disch
     2015-08-15 by Andrew Chase (GPS Track)
     2015-09-12 by Michael Stonek (GPS Track)
     2015-09-26 by Wesley Barry (GPS Track)
     2015-10-11 by Eric Ryherd (GPS Track)
     2016-03-19 by Robert Larkin
     2016-05-01 by Glenn Sullivan (GPS Track)
     2016-07-23 by Jenn Kunze
     2016-10-22 by Douglas Webber (GPS Track)
     2017-03-11 by Felix Garon (GPS Track)
     2017-04-16 by Arthur Caverly (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2017-07-02 by Maggie Zarlengo
     2017-07-15 by Wayne Snyder (GPS Track)
     2017-09-17 by Will Durgin (GPS Track)
     2017-09-23 by Matthew Maurer (GPS Track)
     2018-03-11 by Arthur Caverly (GPS Track)
     2018-06-21 by Map Man (GPS Track)
     2018-07-04 by Jayson H (GPS Track)
     2018-07-07 by Raven Matherne (GPS Track)
     2018-12-27 by Scott Dresser (GPS Track)
     2019-02-09 by Alain C (GPS Track)
     2019-02-18 by Jim Wilkinson (GPS Track)
     2019-06-01 by Jake Campbell (GPS Track)
     2019-06-22 by Brian Seaman (GPS Track)
     2019-08-31 by Crystal Davis
     2020-03-07 by Gabriel C (GPS Track)
     2020-06-07 by charles tiedemann (GPS Track)
     2020-06-07 by Matthew Maurer (GPS Track)
     2020-06-07 by Jonathan Becker
     2021-10-10 by Floyd Greenwood

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Although not very high by White Mountain standards, Cannon Mountain is one of the most notable and interesting mountains in the northeastern United States.

For almost 200 years it was best known for as the site of the "Old Man of the Mountain", a series of rock ledges that resembled a jagged profile of a man's face. This formation became the state symbol of New Hampshire, used on highway signs, license plates, and the commemerative state quarter coin. But the fragile ledges collapsed on May, 3, 2003 after a freeze cycle, ending decades of effort to keep them bolted to the mountain.

Even though the "Old Man" was the most famous of the mountain's rocky features, it's name comes from another one: a pile of boulders on it's crest that looks like a cannon pointed at the sky.

The mountain is also a recreational mecca. The sheer cliffs on the peak's east side offer some of the best rock-climbing on the east coast, and a major ski area uses the north side of the peak. The ski area's aerial tramway runs year-round, offering scenic views for tourists. And, of course, several hiking trails climb the slopes of Cannon to the broad summit area.

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With the boys at the top of Cannon ski tow Photo by Vic Stashewsky.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 720 ft/220 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 800 ft/244 m
  Line Parent: North Kinsman Mountain
  Key Col: 3360 ft/1024 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 1.71 mi/2.76 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 44.1583, -71.6642
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Greenleaf Knob  (E)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Northern U.S. Appalachians
Range4: White Mountains
Range5: Western White Mountains
Range6: Kinsman Range
Ridges/DividesWhite Mountain Crest
Drainage Basins
Atlantic-Eastern USA
Atlantic Ocean

Long Island Sound
Atlantic-Eastern USA
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: White Mountain National Forest/Franconia Notch State Park
Topo MapFranconia O44071b6 1:24,000
Ski AreaCannon
Route #1 Maintained Hiking Trail: Kinsman Ridge Trail
Trailhead: Profile Lake 1960 ft/597 m
Vertical Gain: 2120 ft/647 m
Route #2 Maintained Hiking Trail: Hi-Cannon Trail
Trailhead: Lafayette Place 1760 ft/536 m
Vertical Gain: 2320 ft/708 m
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Me on the Cannon Mountain summit platform Photo by John Leger.
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