|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cannon Mountain, NH|
||Lonesome Lake Trail, Hi Cannon Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 16, 2011|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Nearly empty parking lot at Lafayette campground but was neary filled when we returned, must be MA vacation week? |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||not an issue |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||several blowdowns on the hi cannon trail |
|Lost and Found:
||An early start found the snow well set up, solid and some ice. Temps were just below freezing. Microspikes worked well and we had no trouble going up the Hi Cannon trail. Near the top I think we were bushwhacking to the tower but had no problem visability was good but wind was picking up. |
We had a very early lunch and talked with some skiers in the lodge. The lifts were soon closed because the winds were picking up and getting quite strong. It was nice to hang out in a warm building and not carry as much water as usual.
We put our crampons on where it was warm and headed out into the wind for the trip down the Kinsmman Ridge trail to Lonesome Lake. A little trouble orienting ourselves back on the trail but once we were in the woods the winds were not bad at all. The trail has a big ice flow on the steep part that we went into the woods to get around it. We were definately glad we had crampons on as I don't think microspikes would have been enoujgh on the desent. Just before Lonesome lake we put microspikes back on for the well packed trail. Snow was getting softer by then and on a less used trail we probably would have had to switch to snowshoes.
We only saw 2 other hikers, young guys who had done the Kinsmans and were headed up Cannon. Nice hike and there will probably be lots of snow for a while. The skiers said the trail was icy and hard packed,.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.