Hi-Cannon and Lonesome Lake Trails Loop

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Hi-Cannon and Lonesome Lake Trails Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2355 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is not bad, it’s probably great in the summer/fall, BUT, if you’re going there anytime soon, please bring some micro-spikes because there is still a ton of ice and about 2/3 feet of snow in some areas. I did this with some friends today and it took us so long because we were all terrified of getting hurt. We had good hiking shoes and trekking poles, but that didn’t save us from the intense postholing, slipping, and bruising for at least a third of the trail. The trail is shaded so that’s really nice, and there’s not much to see until you get to the summit/pass by the lake. We went up to Mt. Cannon summit via the Hi-Cannon trail (not well marked FYI) and made our way down via the Lonesome Lake trail - the views were cool and the lake was a nice reward after surviving the ice.

3 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Love it. This is my favorite hike so far. Lots of scrambling. Wish the view had been better. Pretty foggy at the top. Aggressive for beginners. Didn't take too long as it's a short hike but the inclines were legit for moderate. I believe this should be listed in the hard category if it wasn't for it's shorter length.

hiking
9 months ago

My first 4000-footer! You really can't beat the views in Franconia Notch on a blue-sky day. The Lafayette parking lot fills up crazy fast so expect to park alongside the road on a weekend. There's a nice little store at the campground for snacks after hiking and a real bathroom too. On top of the mountain, you can refill water and use the tram building to warm up (or cool down).

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of great views. Lots of people too around summit and the lake but didnt take away from the overall experience

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

This trail IS NOT the Hi-Cannon Trail. Hi-Cannon is steep and has a ladder that has to be climbed, it's also not that well blazed. Hi-Cannon (not High Cannon) is the dashed line to the right of the Lonesome Lake trail and it comes off a junction from Lonesome Lake just past the campground.

Went up Hi-Cannon (which is how it's spelt on the signage) to Cannon, came down the Kinsman Ridge and then Lonesome Lake back to the campground.

Nice 6.7 mile hike.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Hi-Cannon is a steep trail with a ladder at one point of it, so it is not dog friendly. It's recommended to go up Hi-Cannon and back down Lonesome Lake to complete the loop. The trail starts at the Lafayette Campground and you take the Lonesome Lake trail until the Hi-Cannon split. Total mileage was 5.7

The trail isn't well blazed. There are blue markers but they are few and far between. The trail is pretty easy to figure out which way to go.

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Great views if you go out on the cliffs near the summit, definitely better than the tower which was over crowded by the phonies that took the tram up.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

This isn't really near Lincoln as much as it is in the Franconia notch. Lincoln is more south on 93.

hiking
Friday, November 02, 2012

I have done this trail a couple of times. I use it to complete a loop from Laf. campground up to Cannon Mt. Its a pretty nice trail. It has a great view back down at Lonesome Lake. It is steep in spots but again makes a great loop. Take Lonesome Lake trail to Kinsman Ridge trail to Cannon Mt, return via High Cannon Trail.

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