|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cannon Mountain, NH|
||Pemi Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 29, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked in the large Cannon Mountain tramway lot. I was confident there would be room even with my late arrival (11:00AM). |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All significant crossings are bridged |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||As noted for years, the Kinsman Ridge Trail between the Tramway parking trailhead and East Peak has a terribly eroded section. The trail lies in a deep trench with a gravelly/pebbly surface that is easy to slide on especially on descent. The trail needs a rebuild or a relocation.
The Hi-Cannon Trail has some badly eroded areas but nowhere near as bad as on the Kinsman Ridge Trail. The wood ladder is solid with only some wear on the upper surface of the rungs.
The Pemi Trail is in good condition with some new bridges. There is one broken bog bridge that presented no problem under today's conditions.
No obstacles from downed trees on any of the trails.
||Saw many dogs today. The Hi-Cannon Trail has one wood ladder that may present problems for some dogs. |
|Lost and Found:
||I selected the Cannon Mountain hike because it was far from the low pressure system running off the coast. I had the wipers on until I passed through Crawford Notch at about 10:15AM. The forecast was for improving skies in the afternoon and a late arrival was not a problem for parking in the large lot. When I passed through the Lonesome Lake trailhead lot at around noon it was full.|
The distances are short but the slope is steep on both the Hi-Cannon and Kinsman Ridge Trails. There are great views of the Franconia Ridge and down to Lonesome Lake from the Hi-Cannon Trail. The ledges on the Hi-Cannon Trail were mostly dry today. On the Kinsman Ridge Trail there are nice views of Franconia Ridge and Notch from East Peak (outlook side path is signed) and many views down to Echo Lake. The usual mud pits between the summit and East Peak were mainly dry mud with no need to divert to by-pass paths. There was some wet surfaces on the Kinsman Ridge Trail that required attention to footing to avoid slipping. Great views from the summit tower. Expect many tourists at the summit.
Met many hikers on all trails including a guy from the town next to me, two identical twins from Portland with their partners, a few hikers doing the Kinsmans and Cannon, and some families.
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.