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Cannon Mountain Information

Elevation: 4,100 feet (1,250 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 740 feet (226 meters)
Location: Franconia, Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Range: Kinsman Range
Coordinates: 44°9'23" North     71°41'54" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate / Difficult (Due to steep and loose dirt trail)
Features :Cannon Mountain Ski Area, Old Man of the Mountain Site, Shortest 4,000 Footer Hike
Distance of highlighted hike below: 4 miles, or 5.6 miles

Mount Cannon, formally known as Profile Mountain, is a 4,100 foot mountain located within Franconia Notch State Park of the White Mountains. It is in the Western White Mountains in the Kinsman Range. Cannon Mountain is home of the state-owned Cannon Mountain Ski Area, and used to be the home to the Old Man of the Mountain site until it collapsed on May 3, 2003. The mountain appears to be layered, like an onion, due to its exfoliating granite dome formation.

Cannon Mountain is also known for its difficult and technical rock climbing and ice climbing, mainly on the Cannon Cliff on the Southeast portion of the mountain. It is also the main mountain of a group of 3, called the Cannon Balls.

The shortest trail up to Cannon Mountain is the Hi-Cannon Trail from the Cannon Mountain Ski Area parking lot off I-93. The trail is a short 2 miles, but also very difficult due to its steep and loose dirt trail.

For peak-baggers:
North Kinsman is 3.8 miles from the summit of Cannon Mountain.
South Kinsman is 4.7 miles from the summit of Cannon Mountain.

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Cannon Mountain summit views. Photo taken on July 27, 2013.

Cannon Mountain Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Cannon via the Kinsman Ridge Trail.

Begin on the Kinsman Ridge Trail from the Cannon Mountain Ski Area parking lot right off I-93, exit 34B. The trail is almost parallel to the Cannon Aerial Tram. Hike up for 2 miles until you reach the summit. There is a view point roughly 3/4 of the way up on the left. Descend by retracing your steps down the same trail.

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Cannon Mountain Photos Top

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Views from the summit of Mount Cannon on a beautiful day. Photo taken on July 27, 2013.

Cannon Mountain Driving Directions Top

For the above mapped hike, the parking lot is located directly off of I-93 and is easy to find. Take exit 34B off I-93 where you will see a parking area for Cannon Mountain Ski Area (right after Profile Lakes if you are heading North, and right after Echo Lake if you are heading South.) The trail starts to the left of the Skiing buildings.

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