Franconia Notch State Park: Cannon Mountain

Trail Overview

A wooded trail up the side of Cannon Mountain to fantastic views from ledges and the summit.
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Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
Length
2.3 miles, Network
Difficulty
Advanced
Town
Franconia (NH)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No
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Description

The Kinsman Ridge Trail, which follows the entirety of Kinsman Ridge from the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway parking lot to Kinsman Notch, summits Cannon Mountain 1.5 miles south of its northern terminus. It climbs moderately and then steeply to Cannon Cliffs where a spur trail leads to magnificent views over Franconia Notch. The trail continues steeply to the summit of Cannon Mountain where it coincides with summit loop trails. It then continues along Kinsman Ridge down to an intersection with the Hi-Cannon Trail.

Please note that the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway carries visitors to the summit of Cannon Mountain. The summit loop trails are shared by both tramway users and Kinsman Ridge Trail hikers. 

Other Information

Before you hike, know the hiker responsibility code and be prepared:

  • With knowledge and gear
  • To leave your plans
  • To stay together
  • To turn back
  • For emergencies
  • To share the hiker code with others.

 Visit the hike Safe website to learn more!

Trail Manager

Cannon Mountain is part of Franconia Notch State Park. To learn more, visit the park website or contact:

New Hampshire State Parks

New Hampshire State Parks
New Hampshire State Parks
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3556
nhparks@dncr.nh.gov
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Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

To access the Kinsman Ridge Trail, the hiking trail that climbs to the summit of Cannon Mountain, park at the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway parking lot. The trailhead starts off the road to the left of the base buildings.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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