Cannon Mountain is a 4000-footer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
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 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 .
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