Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain is a 4000-footer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is located within Franconia Notch State Park. Known for both its technical rock and ice climbing (particularly on Cannon Cliff, pictured) and its skiing (the state-owned Cannon Mountain Ski Area), the mountain was home to the Old Man of the Mountain until the formation collapsed on May 3, 2003. It is the parent mountain of three mountains collectively known as "The Cannon Balls." The mountain is a type of geological formation known as an exfoliating granite dome which is layered like an onion. The Kinsman Ridge Trail can be taken un-interrupted from the trailhead to the summit. Two other features of the mountain which attract hikers are the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Mountain Club-maintained Lonesome Lake Hut. Cannon Cliff (pictured above) is the largest vertical rock face in the Northeast at roughly 1,000 vertical feet and more than a mile long. As written in a description of climbing possibilities on Cannon, "Some of the aid lines are long and difficult enough to require a bivy, making Cannon the only Big Wall in the northeast." Cannon is popular both in the summer months with free- and aid-climbers alike, and in the winter it attracts both ice climbers and mixed climbers .

Cannon Mountain SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by wskendal

264 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Jan 22, 2017. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Kinsman Ridge Trail, kinsman ridge and Hi-Cannon Trail, Kinsman Trail.

Others who’ve summited Cannon Mountain

  • wskendal
  • snodough
  • kehley
  • spencernowak
  • howland.david
  • StoneMan
  • Umberto
  • sli74
  • shandril
  • savvy350
  • 603MountainDweller
  • hiking4000
  • cailysheehan
  • jkelley35
  • hikerguy251
  • hyland03276
  • NewHampshireRob
  • galvinami
  • declikely
  • dennytron
  • Holmes
  • HHewitson
  • Slim.Shady101
  • MRF
  • maddog
  • mscofthewoo
  • MadTom
  • rmturf
  • Egg-O
  • esbelair85
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Routes Used trails & approaches

25% Kinsman Ridge Trail

10% kinsman ridge

10% Hi-Cannon Trail, Kinsman Trail

6% High Cannon

6% Lonesome Lake Trail -> Kinsman Ridge Trail

5% Aerial Tram

4% High Cannon, Lonesome Lake

4% Kinsman ridge trail, lonesome lake trail

2% Hi-Cannon Trail

2% Kinsman Ridge to Lonesome Lake Trail

2% Kinsman Trail

2% Lonesome Lake, Hi-Cannon, Kinsman Ridge

2% Lonesome Lake, Fishin' Jimmy and Kinsman Ridge trail over the Cannon Balls

2% Cannon Mountain Ski Slopes

1% Tramway Ski Slope

1% Cannon Summit Trail

1% Kinsman Ridge Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail

1% Fishin' Jimmy

1% peabody express and cannonball quad

1% Kinsman Ridge Trail to Lonesome Lake Trail to Pemi Trail

0% Kinsman Ridge, Lonesome Lake, Around the Lake, Lonesome Lake

0% Aerial Tram-kids were wiped!!

0% Kinsman Ridge to Fishin' Jimmy to Lonesome Lake to Pemi Trail


SNAPSHOTedit info


4,100 ft / 1,250 m


740 ft / 226 m

Height Rank Range

White Mountains


New Hampshire, United States

Summited by

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  • wskendal
  • scott
  • rqw
  • snodough
  • willirq
  • TheKiltedHiker
  • kehley
  • Dane
  • spencernowak
  • asamartin
  • howland.david
  • StoneMan

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