Hi-Cannon Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franconia, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
Great Views of Northern Presidentials. AMC Hut and mountain lake. 4K Peak. Park at the Lafayette Campground, and climb Hi-Cannon Tr up (yellow blazed). It has some exposed rocky overlooks that allow you to appreciate the presidentials even before reaching the summit. Just before reaching the top, you will merge with Kinsman Ridge Trail for a very short distance. At the top, enjoy the views from the observation tower. There is an old/historic tramway that bring non-hikers to the summit. Once you enjoy the possibly crowded summit, return using the Kinsman Ridge in the south direction. Go past the intersection with the Hi Cannon Tr, and on the next intersection with the Lonesome Lk Trail, turn left into it. Soon you will discover that as rocky as Hi-Cannon Tr looked, it wasn't as difficult as Lonesome Lk Tr would have been on the way up in this section. You will reach the lake. If you have time, it is worth going around it on a loop trail it has. You may visit the Lonesome Lk AMC Hut.
Went in early November. Generally great hike but certainly not easy. Definitely Sore the following day. The top was extremely frozen almost like mars, but the view was pretty epic even though the clouds were making half of the view only like 50 feet long. Overall really great hike! reason for 4 stars is lack of views prior to top. Only glimpses through woods. Would still definitely hike again though
The trail is great but the top is crowded
Very steep at the end of the trail and I freaked at the ladder but did it... and didn't regret it because de view from Mt. Lafayette and Lonesome Lake was awesome!!!
Great hike up Hi-Cannon to the summit and back down by Lonesome Lake.
Great hike, lots of scrambles! Wicked awesome ladder on the Hi-Cannon Trail, and great views at the top. Bring good shoes, either trail down is pretty technical, for novices.
This trail was beautiful . The scenery was absolutely breathtaking . My fiancé and I took this trail in the rain . Then when we got to the top of mountain he proposed . There were lots do picturesque views. Lots of streams that you had to hike up. I do recommend wearing hiking boots and bringing a walking stick. I fell a lot of times due to my sneakers being wet mostly from the rain but also from the streams . Going down the trail was very challenging however the whole thing is worth it just for the gorgeous views and of course extra worth it for me since I got a proposal
Very steep at times, but great views when you get up above lonesome lake. We didn't see anyone else on the trail until we got to the top of canon mountain where the team drops off. A little disappointing to put in the work to get to the top and then it's full of people, but the view from the lookout is 360 degrees and gorgeous. Plus you can pass lonesome lake on way up or down (which you can't do with the tram). All in all still great hike that's not too long either.
One of the easier hikes in this area. Tower at the top offers excellent views of the notch.
It is tough in winter. Bring your gears!
Hi-Cannon trail had the best views of Franconia Ridge! Well worth the steep climb in the snow!
Good weather. nice hike, went up hi cannon trail down lonesome lake trail. Nice views at the top which was crowded bc of the tram.
It was nice
I took the Kinsman Ridge Trail that starts at the tram parking lot to the summit of Cannon. I think it was about 5 miles round trip (but I use a Fitbit which has been known to be wrong) Great hike but be forewarned, the trail starts going up from the beginning, and stays that way for most of the hike. The beginning is a lot of soft dirt and some rocks. Then, as someone else said, it is all rocks. It is essentially like you are on a 2 mile Stairmaster made of rocks. Most of them are pretty easy to get over, but there are a couple of places where it can be difficult to find footing. Once you start to approach the summit, you will reach a "T", and you can either take a right and follow the blue blazes directly to the summit/observation tower, or go straight to visit the lookout. It was getting cloudy, so I went straight to the summit. From there, you get a nice leveling off for about half a mile, but the mountain makes you work again by putting you on rock scrambles to get to the top for about the last quarter mile. I am a slow hiker, so it took me about two hours to summit. Well worth the hike up. On a scale of 1 - 5, I would rate it a 4 for difficulty.
I agree with Heidi! We took Lonesome Lake trail up to the lake, then took Dodge Cutoff to meet up with Hi-Cannon. Took Kinsman Ridge to the top, and all together it was NOT easy. (Though very, very fun.) The switchbacks are rocky and steep, and the Kinsman trail was essentially a giant mud puddle. The views at the summit made it all worthwhile. I highly recommend this hike - just make sure that you bring plenty of water, snacks, and extra layers - especially socks!
Disclaimer we only did a portion of this trail coming down from the dodge cutoff. It is NOT easy. Very steep many switchbacks. Fast elevation gain. Likely a great trail all the way. But I wanted to post here to correct the classification of this trail as "easy" the guidebooks say it gets steeper after the dodge cuttoff.
Fantastic hike to Lonesome Lake and carried on to the top of Cannon on a Gorgeous day!
Pretty easy climb even in winter. Decent views from the rim trail, but the main summit was fairly wooded but the observation deck doesnt disappoint when it comes to views of the notch. only real nuisance was the loud tramway and snow guns that were being operated while I was on the summit.