|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cannon Mountain, NH|
||Lonesome Lake Trail, Around Lonesome Lake Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, April 10, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot plowed on the right hand side as you pull in. It was full when we left a little after 2. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||One(ish) on Hi-Cannon was just a rock hop. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Surprisingly no issue with blowdowns. |
||May have been tricky with the snow conditions. |
|Lost and Found:
||Maybe the last day of semi-decent conditions for the foreseeable future. I can’t imagine this report will be relevant much beyond Tuesday, but here goes…|
Lonesome Lake Trail - Pretty solid in the morning. Was already starting to soften a bit in the sunny areas, but not bad.
Around Lonesome Lake Trail - Again, pretty solid. Not surprising considering the trail is mostly in the trees. The lake *looked* frozen enough, but none of us felt like testing that out. I imagine the ice depth is going to go quickly after this week.
Lonesome Lake Trail (to KRT) - In surprisingly good shape. Mostly firm, not too many postholes, decent traction on the steeps with just spikes.
Kinsman Ridge Trail - Again, pretty firm. Had to bushwhack around the sketchy ice floe, but the snow in the trees was pretty supportive.
Hi-Cannon - Welp…here’s your reminder that descending in Spring conditions is terrible. By the time we left the summit, it was 12:30 and the air temp was well into the 40s. The top part of the trail that’s in the sun was a slippery, slidy, mushfest. Easy to go almost knee deep if you stepped off the center of the track. Those conditions persisted pretty much the entire way down, and the trail has a lot of land mines in it. The only good thing I can say is that the ladders were a piece of cake, and should not cause any issues.
We ended up using spikes door-to-door (all of our snowshoes went for a ride on our bags). The firm part of the track is too narrow for shoes, and there are too many ankle-grabbing postholes to make snowshoes effective. Maybe by the end of the week if the snow softens enough they will be more beneficial, but not today. Gonna be really interesting out there in the upcoming days…
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.