|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cannon Mountain, NH|
||Lonesome Lake Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, April 19, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at Lafayette Campground this morning |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Handful of blowdowns throughout the day, but all easily navigated. |
||No black flies, yet |
|Lost and Found:
||Prius fab and various lost gloves at trailhead ||
||No snow and surprisingly dry trail heading up towards Lonesome Lake. Put on spikes a quarter mile from the Lake as snow coverage increased. Made things much easier. We saw a number of people without any traction and they were slipping a lot - slow going. |
Wore spikes to balance on the emerging monorail around the Lake and over to the Kinsman Ridge Trail junction. Stable monorail from here up to the summit, but snow was really softening up due to the warm temperatures, so we switched to snowshoes. The really steep stretch was definitely a little dicey with the softening snow and some ice underneath. Slow and careful footing was important.
We were the only people on the observation tower. Clear views over to the snowy Franconia Ridge. We could see scattered rain showers heading our way so we didn't stick around the summit too long.
Similar conditions heading down Hi-Cannon trail. The ladders were dry and snow free. Severe erosion on the lower half of Hi-Cannon.
**Spring conditions with a whole lot of winter left high up. Spikes necessary and snowshoes highly recommended.
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.