4,100 ft / 1,250 m


740 ft / 226 m


311 summits

Top climbing months

July   16%

August   13%

June   11%

Most climbed route

Kinsman Ridge Trail


  • 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 .
"2 semaines solo de pure plaisir à faire du hiking à différentes places dont les Whites Moutains.3ieme journée et je suis enfin rendu dans les Whites!!! Je commence avec cette suite exigeante de sommets. De Cannon à Kinsman. La vue est malheureusement complètement obstrué par le brouillard. Je ne peux pas admirer la vu du notch" - fsoucy76, Sep 19, 2018
"Solo. 1/48 for the NH Whites, and my 175th (!!!) unique mountain. I arrived in town last night & decided on this mountain last minute. I started out around 0900 (holy smokes is it nice to be 15 minutes from a trailhead!) and was quickly put in my place. Short but strenuous, I imagine this mountain is a real bear in the winter as the first portion of the hike is a total washout. Following that, it became very rocky in a hurry, a real watch-your-friggin-footing hike, with a couple of bare rock slabs to navigate and some excellent views from various areas. As is common with tourist mountains (thi" - kellieirene, Aug 21, 2018
"After running up Tecumseh I hit the road and headed to cannon. Quickly into my hike I thought I was crazy as it seemed steeper than I remembered it. I was feeling tired and slow but then all of a sudden I was at the top. I was following tracks and they came out to the ski trails earlier than last time. On the way down I missed the trail again and would up on some sketchy icy patches. But I survived a 2 hike day to tell the tale. " - shay-shay, Apr 6, 2018
"Had to break trail in ankle deep snow. Lots of breaks. The exposed area was blasted with snow. Lost the trail. Ended up taking some backcountry ski trails to reach the main ski trails, then the summit. Headed back down the same way. Met one other hiker going up, who thanked me for breaking the trail." - newenglandwarrior, Feb 5, 2018
"Fantastic weather day. Loved sitting on the ledges above Cannon Cliffs soaking it all in. Descended to Lonesome Lake, Lafayette Campground and walked back up to Cannon to car." - Alohabuffy, Sep 23, 2017



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