Cannon Mountain via Kinsman Trail

DATE: Aug 12, 2017 Saturday
END DATE: Aug 12, 2017 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Franconia NH

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Lake Worth, FL United States

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Max # People: 10

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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Region: New England

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Pace: There may be activities when the group is either slower or faster than your current ability. Please know that because this is a group activity, it's hard to accommodate everyone's pace perfectly. Our desire is not to leave anyone, however there have been times when it is in the best interest of all to split up. Please do your part by knowing your own abilities, communicating with the organizer head of time if you would like to start early and have us catch up or fine with finishing on your own.

This is a relatively short hike, as it is only 2.2 miles from the Cannon Mtn. Tramway parking lot (1,980') to the summit (4,100').  However, the trek up the Kinsman Ridge Trail is fairly steep and challenging.  This itinerary offers us the opportunity to look over the ledges as we approach the summit, where the iconic Old Man of the Mountain used to "live."  There are still some re-bars and cables visible that at one time held the granite boulders together, that made up the profile of the Old Man.  The hope was that these supports would keept it from tumbling down.  They eventuallly gave way to nature on 4/26/2003, when Old Man fell down into the valley.  At the summit we will have an option of going back down the way we came, or to take the tramway down.  If you are peak-bagging, however, taking the tramway will negate the climb, so let the group know if this is the case, as some of us will definitely have to return on foot.

There is food for sale at the summit, and refreshments.  However, you may want to bring your own lunch and snacks, as the summit cafe is decidely not a treat to the palate.  Also bring about a liter of water, for the climb up.

Rain will cancel this event.

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We will meet in front of the Cannon Mtn. Tramway station and visitor center.  This is easily accessible from I-93, at its own designated exit: 34C.  It is well marked, and the exit ramp takes you directly to the parking area.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Lake Worth, FL

United States

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