4,100 ft / 1,249 m


740 ft / 225 m


298 summits

Top climbing months

July   17%

June   12%

September  10%

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 .
"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
"Wonderful day Summiting. nice temps, humidity was very high from all the rain in the past few days, maybe a 5mph breeze. Hung out for about 20 mins or so on the observation deck!" - matteskel, Jul 16, 2017
"Some red-lining for Doug and a Grid peak for me. Went up Hi-Cannon Tr and down Kinsman Ridge Tr to the Cannon Tramway. We did this in wet conditions. Drizzled on us for awhile. No view on the summit today." - newenglandwarrior, Jul 1, 2017
"Tagged along with a group doing "Flags on the 48" for 9/11. Cool, blustery day. Short, challenging trail (just under 8 miles round trip) with some scrambles. Unfortunately the gondola wasn't running, so no flag at the summit." - PJSelmer, Sep 11, 2016



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