Hi-Cannon Trail

MODERATE 38 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

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
15 days ago

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

4 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.

7 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

8 months ago

The trail is great but the top is crowded

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8 months ago

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8 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!!!

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9 months ago

9 months ago

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9 months ago

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

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10 months ago

Great hike, lots of scrambles! Wicked awesome ladder on the Hi-Cannon Trail, and great views at the top. Bring good shoes, either trail down is pretty technical, for novices.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was beautiful . The scenery was absolutely breathtaking . My fiancé and I took this trail in the rain . Then when we got to the top of mountain he proposed . There were lots do picturesque views. Lots of streams that you had to hike up. I do recommend wearing hiking boots and bringing a walking stick. I fell a lot of times due to my sneakers being wet mostly from the rain but also from the streams . Going down the trail was very challenging however the whole thing is worth it just for the gorgeous views and of course extra worth it for me since I got a proposal

10 months ago

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10 months ago

Very steep at times, but great views when you get up above lonesome lake. We didn't see anyone else on the trail until we got to the top of canon mountain where the team drops off. A little disappointing to put in the work to get to the top and then it's full of people, but the view from the lookout is 360 degrees and gorgeous. Plus you can pass lonesome lake on way up or down (which you can't do with the tram). All in all still great hike that's not too long either.

hiking
11 months ago

Great view

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Monday, May 30, 2016

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

One of the easier hikes in this area. Tower at the top offers excellent views of the notch.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

It is tough in winter. Bring your gears!

hiking
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hi-Cannon trail had the best views of Franconia Ridge! Well worth the steep climb in the snow!

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

Good weather. nice hike, went up hi cannon trail down lonesome lake trail. Nice views at the top which was crowded bc of the tram.