Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Very busy from Lafayette Place (was a Saturday in July). Autos parking on side of Rts. 3/93 by 9:15 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some water and mud spots but easily. negotiable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Au natural but in decent shape! Watch for wet areas on steep areas with rocks or slab which are very slick. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Might be best to ascend via Lonesome Lake with pups to avoid the ladder on Hi-Cannon. Still difficult with hand over hand for humans in places 
Bugs: They were there but minor nuisance. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Cannon Mountain via Hi-Cannon & Kinsman Ridge descended via KR & Lonesome Lake trail

Great day on the mountain but ...well..Cannon is Cannon..short distance difficult climb. You will get a work out. But..not undoable. Saw young families ascend via Lonesome Lake which is a bit longer but less steep. Duration @ 6 hours with moderate pace, breaks and leisurely lunch at top (while you gloat about hiking up the front of the tourist that rode up on the tram .. only kidding.. Cannon is humbling). Trail conditions varied from loose stone, to wet areas, to wet and dry slabs, to hand over hand climbing. The ladder on Hi-Cannon is not for the feint of heart. Slipped twice on descent. Had gone with AMC group. Good thing. Great folks!

Partly cloudy but still some great views and pic. opportunities esp. of Lonesome Lake on way up and Franconia Ridge.

Highly recommend to the average hiker to hike this baby with partner(s)and avoid it after periods of rain which make the slab and hand over hand areas treacherous. e.g. this was my third attempt at Cannon and had to abort twice before; once with heavy rain and once with unanticipated significant snow & ice.

Sore today but loved it!!!! Another 4,000 footer under the belt (i.e. Cannon, sweet)!  
Name: PJRigga 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-07-14 
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