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Welcome to Franconia Notch State Park, located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. While you are here, stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visit the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bring the family, stay awhile, and enjoy Franconia Notch State Park.

Very strenuous but the lakes and view from South Kinsman is totally worth it. I would suspect really slippery if raining.

1 day ago

Cannon Mtn was my toughest 4000 so far. First mile plus is directly uphill with plenty of rocks to maneuver. Hard work. Challenging, fun and worth every push of each leg once you stand atop what was the Old Man of the Mountain along with reaching the summit about 1/2 mile later. The views are far reaching and breathtaking.

4.4 miles out and back. 2 hours up and 1 down.

The weather, the sun and the breeze were absolutely perfect. We went mid-week and saw only 4 other people. Had the summit to ourselves on a warm mid-October day. Just amazing!

Great trail. The Hi Cannon trail’s blue blazes were very faded. We probably saw 3-4 along the path that were evident. The trail is steep but it’s a quick climb to the top. The ladder was a nice addition and there were wonderful views along the way. Lonesome lake coming down was great. Steep in the beginning while going over large rocks but that kept it a fun adventure! The blazes on this trail were well marked. Seeing the lake towards the end was beautiful.

Unplanned and Unknown about this trail, stared as a small walk but it felt to be harder. Decided not to return did complete and the view and experience is great. Really worth.
Suggestions: Carry some energy bars and water to have on its way. Having the walking sticks is nice to have.
I did it during fall and loved the fall experience
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My favorite go early am to find the trail head park across from cannon building when you park you’re facing an empty lot the trail head is across the lot slightly left at tree line HAPPY TRAILS

Not a good trail for someone with knee issues. You basically climb straight up a jumble of boulders. Descending the rubble is tricky, too. Take a hiking stick.

This was amazing. Trail was fairly easy but the lake at the end was gorgeous. Perk was having bathrooms and a place
To relax before turning around

Great views, if your a photographer bring a lightweight tripod or use the walk rails for 1-2 second exposures of the water falls. Zoom in from up high and get some great waterfall pictures as well. Loved the walk, beautiful relaxing with views of mountains as well. Some hills and stairs but good break from mountain trail yesterday!

This is not a trail and is not hiking. This is 2000 ft vertical in 2 miles of granite boulders!

Moderate hike. Cool scrambling at some points due to the way the rocks formed on the trail. Not a fan of the touristy part on the summit, but there is a great viewpoint about 15-20 Min. From the summit.

3 days ago

Nice forest with very steep granite that was more like climbing /scaling a wall then hiking in many places. Also couldn't see any trail markers, had to use gps and the trail I found to start on was lonesome lake trail which eventually joined hi -cannon trail.

4 days ago

4 days ago

Way harder then I thought it would be I’d say it’s moderate/ hard go early morning if you crave solitude hiking poles will help if your like me just starting out when you stop hearing traffic you’re near the top it’s easer HAPPY TRAILS

My first hike ever its was beautiful I got there very early first light only 2 other cars when you park you’re facing a deserted lot walk by rope signs walk straight ahead trough lot trail head for bald mt artists bluff is slightly to the left at tree line HAPPY TRAILS