|Winter Hiking on Cannon Mountain|
Cannon Mountain was actually one of the first mountains I hiked in New England. In 2010, I came to New England for the first time and actually worked a whole summer out in Maine. Even though I was used to those "big mountains" out west, I found the rugged forests and wilderness of the Northern Appalachians captivating. After hiking Mt Washington, Mt Katahdin and Acadia National Park, I couldn't leave the Northeast without seeing Cannon Cliff and Franconia Notch. I suppose this is part of what drove me to move up here and why I continue to love living in New England.
|Franconia Notch, even more spectacular in the winter|
Here is a great map of hiking trails.
I elected to hike up the ridge trail which is about 2 miles up to the summit of Cannon Mountain. It is steep but straight forward and without any particularly hairy sections. About 3/4 of the way up there is the excellent vantage point above Cannon Cliff-
|Looking towards Mt Lafayette, the second highest mountain range in New Hampshire|
I decided I wanted to continue onward because the weather was perfect and I might not have another opportunity for such great winter hiking for a while. Northeast Cannonball was just another mile away.
|Northeast Cannonball in the winter|
The Northeast Cannonball was just 0.4 miles and a few hundred vertical feet above the col between the two summits which was somewhat strenuous but not by White Mountain Standards. There were some directional views from the summit of the Kinsman Ridgeline-
|The Kinsman Ridgeline as seen from the summit of Northeast Cannonball|
Turning back the way I came, I stopped to appreciate all the views once again on the way down-
|Last Look on Cannon Mountain|
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