Trip report

Cannon Mountain Winter Hike Redux

4000 Footer DATE: 04/10/2021 - 04/10/2021

Trip/Event Location: Lincoln, NH

Trip Leader(s): dpbyrnes

Max # People: 6

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

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

The observation tower reveals a fine panorama with a magnificent look at the Franconia Range across the notch!

Cannon Mountain (4100') is also known as Profile Mountain, referring to the

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Take 93 North into the White Mountains.  From the Lincoln exit (Exit 32) continue following Route 93 North for another 9.6 miles to Exit 34B.  Cross under the highway and drive into the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway parking lot. Hiker parking is (indicated) on the far left of the parking lots.  The trailhead starts from the parking lot. Look for a white Honda CRV

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A short but rugged hike for the three of us. Max has just recently started hiking and this was his second or third hike with GO. Early on he discussed turning back, but as it is essentially impossible to go off this trail we let him fall back and take his own pace. He joined us at the observation tower at the summit only a few minutes are we had arrived. Major kudos for perseverance. We went up the Kinsman Ridge Trail (a good cardio workout) up and back at 4.2 miles. We left the parking lot around 10am with a temp of 45, when we got back around 2pm it was 75 degrees.  It was cool and comfortable hiking up, the ice (and then show) on the trail started about three-quarters of a mile. Microspikes were a must have the further we climbed up, Hillsound spikes definitely better. Folks without spikes were definitely struggling, many folks turned back (there was group of 9 apparently that made it to the Outlook before quitting, we never actually saw them). The sun came out when we got to the summit it and was beautiful day from there on. The observation tower revealed a fine panorama with a magnificent look at the Franconia Range across the notch. We headed back to the Outlook for a nice lunch before starting our descent. As we anticipated, going up was moderately challenging but coming down much more so as much of the snow had gotten even slushier during the day - think super steep downhill hiking in 1 ½ feet of shaved ice. Max had the hardest descent since he only had micros, but he deported himself with true GO class.  All told, a great hiking day. 

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Fantastic hike! David and Ricardo kept me in check and going from start to finish - thanks guys. Highly recommend this for anyone who hasn't already tried, it's breathtaking at the summit. - promeneur

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