Cannon, North and South Kinsman via Kinsman Ridge Trail

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Cannon, North and South Kinsman via Kinsman Ridge Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

11.2 miles
5,557 feet
Out & Back



nature trips


trail running



wild flowers

5 minutes ago

Kinsman Ridge Trail to top of Cannon Mountain. Wow! A tough climb up and down. Very rocky and rooty, with sections of ledge. Trail was wet the day we hiked, which made for some skidding/sliding. Avoid this if you have bad knees. Trekking poles were useful on the way down. Trail is well marked. Lightly to moderately traveled, depending on your definitions and the time of day. Great view from the overlook, so be sure to stop there! Also great views from the Cannon Mountain tower. Very busy at the top due to the tramway. We did not proceed across the Cannon Balls and/or to the Kinsman peaks, just an out and back on Kinsman Ridge Trail to Cannon Mountain.

19 days ago

Climbed June 26 with perfect weather. Strenuous hike. The first two miles are a steep ascent of Cannon. Trail starts steep and gravelly and becomes steep and rocky. Climbing down the backside of Cannon is even steeper. Then you go up and down the three “Cannon Balls” which adds vertical feet. Climb up North Kinsman is moderate and views are good from a few ledges. Finally down a col and up South Kinsman at 0.9m each way. Best views from the South Kinsman Peak. Then you turn around and come back the same way. Most maps and guides show the out and back at 13.8m. That seems right. Overall a tough hike with lots of elevation gain and some impressive views. Took me over nine hours including rest stops and time at the summits. No bugs! A lot of people take the Tram to the peak of Cannon so you’ll meet some tourists on Cannon summit.