Leisurely Day Hike to Cannon

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Trip dates: Saturday, May 1, 2021 12:00 AM

Come join us on a leisurely paced hike up to Cannon Mtn, around to Lonesome Lake and back. The pace will be about 1½ mph for getting your spring legs accustomed to some elevation gain. Experience fantastic views of Franconia Ridge from the tower on the summit of Cannon and also from the shores of Lonesome Lake (where this photo was taken).

We plan on taking Hi Cannon, which is steep in sections, but we'll take breaks as necessary. If there is interest and everyone in the party agrees, we may take a short (< ½ mile), but steep, detour to Northeast Cannonball on the way from the summit to Lonesome Lake Hut. The hut should be open and if we're lucky, there may be cookies! Be sure to bring some cash if you like cookies.

We won't stay long, but we'll visit the hut and take in the views from the 'lake' prior to heading down. This will be what's described as a 'lollipop' hike due to its shape.

For those who missed out on winter, this will be a nice short-ish hike to get your climbing legs back in gear. The whole hike is 5.9-6.3 miles and 2300-2640', depending on whether we grab NE Cannonball, or not. I expect that the hike will be 4-6 hours with the slower pace.

Out of utmost caution, we may require light traction for this hike. We will make final determination at the trailhead.

To request a spot on this hike, click REGISTER NOW and enter the required information. A leader will then be in touch with you to discuss the trip. If there is a good fit between the demands of the hike and your own capabilities and desires, we will confirm a spot for you. Registration closes April 29.

We will be observing and practicing all COVID-19 precautions and guidelines as outlined by the AMC and CDC, including face coverings in the parking lot and whenever 6ft of physical distancing is not possible.

To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Trip details

Trip region: 
New Hampshire, White Mountains
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Jim Robinson jim@jimrobinson.me

An avid outdoorsman for many years, Jim has completed the NEHH and a couple mega-hikes, bagged a few 14ers, cycled internationally, and paddles. But he really enjoys the opportunity to share these adventures with others, encouraging their awe of nature and expanding their confidence and abilities.

Eric Ashwell

Eric has found the trail after 30 years as a marine navigator and uses the peak-bagging lists as destination guides. He is working on the NE67 and NH highest but enjoys all trails high and low, and tries to get the most out of nature by backpacking the peaks when able.

cannon, lonesome lake, white mountains, northeast cannonball, hi cannon, tower
AMC Destination: 
Greenleaf Hut|Lonesome Lake Hut
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Trip difficulty: 
Moderate 1-2 mph, some pauses along the way


Adults (18+)
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Creation date: 
2021-04-21 19:02:11.0
Last updated: 
2021-04-26 13:24:02.907