Cannon Mountain via Kinsmann Ridge Trail

HARD 31 reviews
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Cannon Mountain via Kinsmann Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2372 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
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!

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
5 days ago

Went on a Sunday and hit the trailhead around 1030a. We reached the ridge where the overlook tower is but left immediately. The tram passengers ruined everything about the great hike up.

Fog burned off during our descent and we caught glimpses of the foliage. Not as many viewpoints as there is on the opposite side of 93.

The walk around Lonesome Lake mellowed us out for the bumper to bumper traffic back down 93S.

Would recommend but not during foliage season

hiking
6 days ago

This trail was a lot of fun to go up, I love scrambling and there was plenty of this on this short trail. This trail is steep and you will gain elevation quickly. Two to three hours to reach the top depending on how fit and careful you are. I recommended spending the most time at the overlook that is about 25 minutes before the summit because the summit is crowded with people who took the tram up. Took off a couple stars because of the chaos at the top and the views (while great) can be beat.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

The steep, dirt ridden and relatively view-less climb (other than an opening part of the way up) keeps this from being a 4 star climb for me, but the views once near the top are quite breathtaking and worth the hike. The ascent is virtually all up with less than ideal footing which gives way to more rocky sections about halfway up. Probably not a 4K footer I would do again given these views could be taken in on another more rewarding mountain. I will say, however, on no other mountain have I had a beer on tap available or a ride down if you decide to forgo the descent altogether. Get your one way ticket in advance--there's no shame in cruising down after that climb!

1 month ago

Would recommend. nice steady climb. a few tricky spots when wet, but we'll worth it.

1 month ago

That was quite a steep trail right from the start. A few places were pretty tricky for my 4 legged friend, but we did it. No views on this cloud filled lookout this day, but an adventure to remember for sure. Won't take my dog next time.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Solar Eclipse Edition - Knowing this summit had an observation tower we decided to cross Cannon Mountain off the list. We knew it would be busy but we were not expecting it to be pandemonium. This hike in general was out of sorts for us and took us longer as we were trying to kill time to watch the solar eclipse. The trail is well maintained but as everyone else stated it is very steep! General rule of thumb if the trail is right off the highway and it is a "short distance" it is very likely it will be very steep. It is difficult and demanding on your body, but you are greeted with quite the views throughout the hike. It is a bit annoying that you can hear the highway the entire time but it is literally right off I93, so it is unavoidable. It does get dull closer to the summit. The other downfall is the tramway is ran year round so when you get close to the summit and at the summit there is a decent amount of tourists especially in the afternoon. There is a little side trail when you hit the main switchback that lets you see Mount Lafayette and Lincoln and it has great views. You can even see the observation tower. There is no actual summit marking, sign, rock cairn etc which is odd considering the tourist area. Either way decent hike but be prepared for very steep on the way up and the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Steep, steep, steep. You'll get to the top without much mileage, mostly because you're going straight up.

hiking
2 months ago

Very steep and rocky trail. Goes up through a glade for a lot of it. Be advised that hands may have to be used and may be difficult if wet and with small kids or pets. Took just shy of 2 hours up, and 1.5 hours down.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Not being experienced hikers it was hard. We took the Tram up and hiked down. Very steep and slippery in places. Still enjoyed it.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Started the trail at 11:45 am, and got back to the bottom at exactly 3:30 pm, and that was with 45 minutes of leisure time at the summit. This was #4 for me on the list of 48, and the views were well worth the strenuous climb.
There is a lookout point about 1 1/4 miles in that gives you a false sense of completion when you first reach the area, but its not much further to the summit and the rest of the climb from here on out is easy going with lots more rock scrambles.
The summit offers amazing views, with plenty of outcrops just below the summit to take a break and enjoy the scenery.

3 months ago