Hi-Cannon Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Hi-Cannon Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2401 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Great Views of Northern Presidentials. AMC Hut and mountain lake. 4K Peak. Park at the Lafayette Campground, and climb Hi-Cannon Tr up (yellow blazed). It has some exposed rocky overlooks that allow you to appreciate the presidentials even before reaching the summit. Just before reaching the top, you will merge with Kinsman Ridge Trail for a very short distance. At the top, enjoy the views from the observation tower. There is an old/historic tramway that bring non-hikers to the summit. Once you enjoy the possibly crowded summit, return using the Kinsman Ridge in the south direction. Go past the intersection with the Hi Cannon Tr, and on the next intersection with the Lonesome Lk Trail, turn left into it. Soon you will discover that as rocky as Hi-Cannon Tr looked, it wasn't as difficult as Lonesome Lk Tr would have been on the way up in this section. You will reach the lake. If you have time, it is worth going around it on a loop trail it has. You may visit the Lonesome Lk AMC Hut.

hiking
5 days ago

I found Hi Cannon trail to be somewhat scary. Part of the trail runs very close to the edge of a clif. Looking down at the highway was nerve racking. THEN scooting across a wooden beam after climbing up a latter almost gave me a panic attack. Wow. Just be ready for it.

hiking
8 days ago

Attempted this summit in the rain this morning. DEFINITELY trying again on a better-weather day. Wonderful trail; far less trafficked than others in the vicinity (during the Columbus holiday, leafing season.) One "warning": there's a ladder that climbs pretty much straight up at one point. I couldn't figure out how to cross this section of trail with a leashed dog, so turned back and headed over to Lonesome Lake. Will take suggestions from dog-hiker people if you have them :-))

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29 days ago

Did it by myself, about 1.5 hours up via Hi-Cannon, and another 1.5 down via Lonesome Lake, including the Lake loop. First part of the way up included lots of scrambling, but it leveled out for the last quarter

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Amazing views along the trail. Not an easy one, however definitely worth of checking it out!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Completed September 1. This was just a fun hike. Great views from the trail, a ladder, fantastic views from the summit (even on an overcast day), and a really convenient location.

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2 months ago

Fairly straightforward hike. Requires some rock scrambling and the hands over feet ladders are an awesome touch. Signage connecting you to the kinsman ridge trail is limited so be sure to be aware of the trace if you're trying to do the kinsmans and cannon together.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked it 7.29.17 and really enjoyed this trail! The small bridges at the beginning crossed over the small streams and then the elevation quickly increased. There are several large boulders along the side of the trail and ones that you need to walk around that were beautiful to look it! Amazing views of Lonesome Lake once you reach the tree level elevation. It's steep getting to the Kinsman junction and 0.4 miles to the Observation Deck at the top. The 360 degree views were unbeatable ⛰ !!! We ate dinner on the ledges facing Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack, and Liberty. The timing was perfect to eat there because the tram was closing and all the visitors (non-hikers) left. Nice hike down and having the campsite store open and bathrooms to change was superb! Plan on spending time finding parking this time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, challenging climb! Took us about 2 hours. Gets steep at the top; as someone else mentioned, kind of like a rock stairmaster! Some scrambling is needed . Took the Lonesome Lake trail down which was quite rocky but beautiful. Overall excellent for a novice hiker. enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Good trip. very wooded with lots of fallen trees. Was quite wet from rain the night before which made for some slick rock faces and a few muddy trails. Gets interesting and scenic as you approach the summit. Ladder was a pleasant surprise as was the unusual granite "bunker". Took about 2.5 hours of actual climbing from the Lafeyette Place Campground lot to top, plus another 30 min stop for lunch. Tweaked knee coming down the observation tower, so we stopped at the summit bar and enjoyed "the highest taps in NH" before taking the tram down for a gimpy 2+ mile walk on the bike trail back to the car.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, steep at times though. Views were amazing going up and the ladder was a little fun bonus. Would definitely hike it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up hi-cannon trail as my first hike today. The views are breathtaking however this trail is very steep and was very hard as a first hike. It took us 3 hours to make it up

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike, not crazy challenge but there are some rocks that get slick if it has rained. Bar at the top is a nice bonus. Fun ladder on trail too.