Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Northeast Cannonball, Cannon Mountain, NH
Trails: Lonesome Lake Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Rim Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Entering Lafayette Place, parking lot on the left is still snow packed. Parking on the right is dirt. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no issues, wooden bridged or rock hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: one fallen tree to go around on Lonesome Lake trail, upper section beyond the lake, heading towards KRT 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none on the trail today. Would be a difficult climb on KRT ( coming from Northeast Cannon Ball) before you get to the ridge leading to Cannon. Very steep, icy, full of post holes. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Noticed a lone snowshoe that someone left at the Lonesome Lake trailhead. Frontier brand 
Comments: Mirco spikes the whole hike. From trailhead to Lonesome Lake, the trail was solid, narrow at times but easy traveling. At the lake, we continued to follow Lonesome Lake trail to KRT. Monorail was still solid but post holing had been an issue for previous hikers. Still easy enough to get around. At the junction of KRT, we headed up to Northeast Cannon Ball. Steep climb over hard packed surface for .3 miles. Micro spikes kept us moving but slipped backwards at times. We found the existing post holes helpful to anchor our steps going up and coming back down. We headed over to Cannon via the KRT. The very steep boulder section is still a hard snow packed climb and not easy to navigate. Some areas icy and littered with post holes. However, we found the post holes worked to our advantage. They were good for hand grips and foot placement to get a stable leg up. I imagine this section will continue to be a challenge as the snow melts and more ice forms. Crampons and an ice ax would of been helpful. Once on the ridge line to Cannon, the trail was in good shape. We paid a visit to the tower and walked around on the Rim trail. We headed down via the Hi-Cannon trail. The trail itself descends 2,000 feet in 2 miles and includes a Terrifying 25 ledge and ladder. (although, that was probably the easiest part of the trip down. The ledge and ladder were both free of snow and ice). The Hi-Cannon trail was a mess. What was left of the monorail is still solid. But be prepared for a mentally challenging journey down hill or up. The monorail was narrow at times and was like walking a balance beam with post holes on either side. It made navigating your steps very tedious, especially on the steeper sections. We were reduced to traveling 1 mile and hour. If you want to enjoy your hike, I would not recommend using the Hi-Cannon trail until the snow is gone.  
Name: Diane Stuart 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-31 
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