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My dog and a few friends did this trail in late August of 2017. The trail was very difficult but immensely rewarding. Bring plenty of water and supplies, Views are stunning throughout the trail. Great hike for experienced and well trained dogs.

Toughest hike for me so far... I loved It! The views are absolutely amazing. Weather was clear and partly sunny as I walked up but you could see the clouds blowing over the ridge line like something out of a movie. Bring your ice cleats or crampons. plenty of places to slip and fall. Especially climbing back down. There was a decent amount of wind the walk up but nothing crazy.

I would have given this 5 stars if I was fully prepared for how hard this hike was going to be for me. I did this hike in late August, 2017, on a BEAUTIFUL day. Cold but manageable. One thing that I was unprepared for was the sections of the ascent and descent that were either climbing hand over foot, or literally sliding down on my butt. Would recommend but would say that if you're not EXPERIENCED, it could be a challenge.

wild hike. 40 to.50 mph with some bigger gusts. The ridge didnt dissaspoint. spectacular views and the weather added that little bit of excitement that gets the blood pumping! Do this hike now!!

Amazing hike. Set off around 8am to leave plenty of time and ended up getting back to my car at 1pm. Spent about a minute at the summit due to very strong winds, very cold, and it being socked in. Mother Nature decided to reward me on the way down and things cleared for a beautiful bluebird sky complete with birds serenading me. Used microspikes the entire hike and without them, it would have been much more difficult in a lot of places. Had the entire mountain all to my self. All in all a great time.

1 month ago

Fun hike, started raining halfway through so can't say too much about the summit view but it was a great distance and elevation for a day hike challenge. There's a great spot a few miles from the base called the Path of Life Garden which is really breathtaking and I highly recommend taking time to see.

2/4/18 Had the trail to myself

Used this trail up to Bald peak and onto the KRT, great long hike. Fun butt sliding on the ridge too.

hiked to the lake soaked up some sun then took the hi cannon loop trail. was a tough hike in snow and ice. so happy to have micro spikes on. the hike was wonderful and there are many views along the way. it was neat to see and use the ladder on our way down. a few really steep sections.
all in all I loved it and the weather was great. about mid to lower 30's

Hiking this in the winter is a must. Don’t forget microspikes!

Great hike. Had to use micro spikes the entire time as the trail was mostly ice covered. Several water crosses over solid ice where you could hear the water running under the ice. A. windy at top but no wind below top. Well marked trail.

Beautiful day for a hike. Challenging above tree line with constant 50 mph wind with gusts that were making hard to keep footing. Really enjoyed the overall adventure

This shows up under Oregon hikes even tho it’s not in Oregon.

I did this today(MLK day) and it was amazing! The weather could not have been better and the winds were not that high at all plus I had the entire ridge to myself for most of the hike! The three challenging/dangerous parts are the river crossings on the fallings water trail, patchy ice on the ridge trail and some ice on the descent from Lafayette, otherwise, it was very easy and I only used microspikes and some trekking poles. The river crossings are possible, but you need to take your time following previous tracks to find a crossing, including one log walk/schooch. The ridge trail as of MLK day has almost zero snow and little ice, just some patches here and there which can be avoided or tackled with microspikes( you dont need them for the rest).


My first longer hike and the one that got me hooked. We hiked with our blue heeler/Hound and she did really well.

The gate was still closed because of earlier storm damage to get up to the trailhead so we had to walk the 1.3 miles from the road to the trailhead. Once we got to the trail it was beautiful, but a little too cold to make it to the summit today. We’ll definitely be back!

A tough hike but an excellent one. One of the best loops in NH.

Beautiful woods with a long, gradual approach in. Didn't summit today, made it about 2.5m in. Fresh snow, some ice, lots of animal tracks, few human tracks, and multiple (still unfrozen) stream crossings. Didn't need spikes or poles, but it was slower going and slippery in places.

Powder on the ground after the first 1000 ft, some icy patches. Turned back at south peak due to a late start.

Went hi-cannon to Kingsman ridge to the lookout tower in late November. There were already a few inches of snow that had accumulated, which resulted in some neat views.

The trail to the summit is made up of two separate ascents: the first to the flat area that lonesome lake is on, and the second up to the summit (there is a brief flat spot while you're in the vicinity of lonesome lake). The initial incline is quite step, but the second incline lets up a little, and also affords great views of Franconia notch.

I can see why people who are afraid of heights would be scared by the ladder, but I thought it was pretty neat. It's also nowhere near vertical, more like 30-40 degrees up from horizontal.

The lookout tower is a great place to be, even in sustained 25mph winds (-4 degrees with wind chill when I made it, glad I brought the hard shell layers).

Hiked this on 11/24/17. Beautiful hike and definitely worth it in winter IF you are prepared. If you hike in winter you will be exposed to very cold temperatures and very high winds. Dress appropriately.
-Crampons/Microspikes are absolutely necessary. The entire trail is snow/ice.
-Waterproof hiking boots are absolutely necessary.
-Hiking poles are recommended to aid in stability on the ice
-Bring 1.5+ liters of water per person
-You should be in good shape. This is 4k feet of climb over 9 miles.
-Try to pick a sunny day so you get the views from atop
You should always end a hike with extra water/food. If you were to get stuck out there you would need it.

That being said- this hike is well worth it and the views are amazing!

Icy surface, micro spike needed. Not as hard as initially thought, took decent 4 hours 40 min to complete the loop. The view at the top/Firetower is very nice. The ranger trail down was following a stream first and then trail. Difficult to see marker but you get a sense where the steam is heading do.

I was there 2 weeks ago, and it was an absolutely gorgeous hike. Moderately trafficked for it being so cold (10 degrees) but you warmed up fast hiking this loop. Now the trail was completely covered in snow. Which made it even more whimsical of an experience. However, we did not have crampons so there were some points of difficulty that we'd had to overcome...although we still made it so it's not the end of the world if you don't have them, but I highly suggest you bring them if you do, especially since it's probably more icey/snowy by now. Again, amazing hike! You feel so accomplished at the top, one of the most beautiful mountains to hike on the East in my opinion!

We did this hike past Sunday and it was beautiful, snow on the trail but as long as you have spikes you are fine so that you do not. Because they’re definitely is ice doesn’t take away from the beauty though. What a fun.hike ... we took our experienced hiking husky

4 months ago

Great views. Micro spikes idea. Lots of ice and covered with a light layer of snow.

4 months ago

Really fun trail, very diverse! Pretty steep from the beginning, but not overwhelming. The ladder added some fun to the trail, loved the views along the way. Went up and back down Hi Cannon. The top 1/3 is pretty icy now.

By far the best views....went up falling waters trail. Challenging.

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