Hi-Cannon Trail

MODERATE 49 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
8 days 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
9 days ago

hiking
16 days 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
18 days 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
22 days 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
23 days 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
23 days 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
28 days 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.

1 month ago

Definitely very crowded at the summit due to the tram and the cafeteria closes at 4, so make sure to plan for that (my gf and I missed it). It is possible to take dogs as quite a few people did, including myself, but just be aware that it involves traversing a 20' ladder with your dog on your lap. I have a 50 lb pit bull that sat on my lap as I sat on the ladder and went backwards upwards (not easy). Overall a great trail, definitely difficult and slippery in the rain though, but a much welcomed added challenge!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it, very quiet mid week. Hardly any bugs. Great trail. Parked at Lafayette Campground.

6 months ago

Hi-cannon trail was pretty nice and easy going up other than the ladder part, pretty much all ice, definitely being traction in the winter. Went down towards lonesome lake trail after summit(boy was that a mistake) very steep and slippery, pretty much sled down on my butt the whole time. Much better off just going back hi-cannon trail again.

9 months ago

Went in early November. Generally great hike but certainly not easy. Definitely Sore the following day. The top was extremely frozen almost like mars, but the view was pretty epic even though the clouds were making half of the view only like 50 feet long. Overall really great hike! reason for 4 stars is lack of views prior to top. Only glimpses through woods. Would still definitely hike again though

10 months ago

The trail is great but the top is crowded

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Very steep at the end of the trail and I freaked at the ladder but did it... and didn't regret it because de view from Mt. Lafayette and Lonesome Lake was awesome!!!

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike up Hi-Cannon to the summit and back down by Lonesome Lake.