Cannon Mountain Loop Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.6 miElevation gain2,542 ftRoute typeLoop
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Reservations for day use are required. Please consult the park website. https://www.nhstateparks.org/covid-19 It is a nice challenging hike without being too long. There are some scrambling getting to the top of the cannon, but the views from tower are insane.

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Jacob Bonneville
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We planned on the Cannon Mt loop but snowshoes were needed for the part of the trail around the lake so we hit N Kinsman. Just micro spikes were enough...I thought avoiding High Cannon in the winter was wise but I’m wondering if people use it in the winter when it’s snow covered. Good day, super cold, not too windy.

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Ho Kim
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C.S. Patch
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HikingGreat!IcyRockyScrambleSnow

This is a great loop. Lonesome Lake is stunning, then it’s a short hike up to Cannon from there. It’s pretty steep for the last .5 mile, you definitely need to use your hands. Sunday 11/29 it was snowy and icy. Needed my micro spikes most of the way up and down. Kinsman down is incredibly steep the whole way, some spots dangerous when icy. The Pemi Trail runs along a brook and 93. Very nice and easy trail. There are a few bridges that are damaged and a few that are recently repaired/replaced. It was a tad icy on the wooden bridges, be careful if it’s cold and not in the sun. Overall, this trail is not for beginners, especially if it’s icy or snowy. Not the most difficult 4K footer I’ve done, but not even close to the easiest.

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Jon Imperial
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Hard

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Becky Forand
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Kathleen Dobell
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HikingFloodedIcy

Very snowy. At least a foot at the top. Beautiful but icy and wet.

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Smit Sanghvi
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Did this hike on 10/10. Could not find parking at the Lafayette place parking or at the Tram parking lot. Had to start at The Basin parking lot 2 miles south of exit 34B on i93 north. Turned out to be a 10-11 mile hike out and back.My phone battery died so couldn’t get an accurate recording. Took the Basin Cascade trail to the Lonesome Lake and picked up Kinsman Ridge trail from there to get to the Summit. More crowd on the trail to the lake. The first couple miles were normal rocky and wet until I got to the Lonesome Lake. It started getting more strenuous after the Kinsman Junction. The Last mile to the Summit was a scramble all the way up. Took me an hour to get there. It was crazy windy at the top of the tower. Ran into a very few people at this tower. The views were amazing from the top. Especially I93 criss crossing along the mountains. Foliage is starting to fade away a little. The tram is not operating so had a chance to sit there grab some snacks. Definitely a hard trial, especially the last mile to the summit. Would recommend bringing layers.

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Kelly O'Connell
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Amyrah Arroyo
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Hiked on 10/5/2020. Beautiful conditions, the weather was perfect for this strenuous hike. The beginning was tough, and steep. I wore work gloves for this because it involved a lot of grabbing on to trees and rocks for support. Highly recommend at least having them on hand, as there are some points where climbing up rocks in necessary. I saw a few dogs on this trail, so I would use your own judgement on whether it’s appropriate for your pet. We got an early start on the ascent, so it was pretty empty for the most part. The trail coming back down was definitely more populous, with many large groups coming up. Might be worth it to find a different way down if you don’t love crowded trails. Overall a good strenuous hiking with beautiful views at the top.

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melanie monroe
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Nice challenging hike without being too long. Definitely some scrambling getting to the top it cannon, but all in all not too bad and the views from tower were insane. Way down was much milder. Last part of this loop is monotonous- basically a mile of walking parallel to 93 on pemi trail. Great day in the whites!

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cameron hopper
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Jarrett Henault
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Misha Sl
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HikingRocky

This trail took us 8h (we had a kid with us) with multiple stops and some time spent on the lake. Lake was very nice as well as view at the top. Good part of our way back was slippery and wet. We were there on Labor day weekend and weather was pretty dry, so would not go there when it’s rainy season.

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Aurva Orva
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HikingRocky

The view at the top of the tower was amazing. We started from the Lafayette campground parking lot and ended up at the cannon mountain parking lot. So had to take the bikers trail back to the Lafayette campground which is about 2 miles of walking. So we ended up hiking almost 10miles

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Michael Mariano
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Great day fun climb

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Kathy Wang
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Oanh Luc
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Did this trail 7/4/20 around noon and it was hot! Lots of shade cover though, and it does start a steep climb immediately. Not so bad to Lonesome Lake and down though. A bit muddy here and there. I just wore my trail runners but wish I had ankle hiking boots as my ankles got a bit worn out going down. Gorgeous views! Lots of gnat-like bugs at viewpoints.

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Briana Connolly
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Susannah Clark
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I started from the tramway parking lot where the trail does not waste any time but just starts straight up. Some trail descriptions (50 Hikes in NH) say the Kinsman Ridge Trail up Cannon has switchbacks, but I'd say that is an overly generous description; it seemed mostly straight up to me. There are a few big slabs to scale and one very steep rocky area I climbed on all fours, but there are a few nice views on the way up to sugar-coat the pill that is this steep trail. And once you get to the shoulder at 1.6 miles it's a nice breather. The ledge here has glorious views across to Franconia Ridge. Then up the last heave to the top. With the tramway closed due to Covid, I was the only person on the lookout tower for a bit and I met only two other folks on the summit. The down of Hi-Cannon was pretty steep, including a ladder at one point, but I'd prefer to do that as a down than Kinsman Ridge Trail. At Lafayette Campground just as you are starting on the Pemi Trail the bridge across a stream was out and required wading. There is a LOT of traffic noise on the mountain but more so on the Pemi Trail, and lots of other foot traffic around Profile Lake. It was a tough trail, but the views made up for it, and with the tramway closed, this may be the best time to do it if you like a little solitude.

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Alex Marshall
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