View Full Version : Hi-Cannon Trail 5/22/10

KD Talbot
05-25-2010, 10:57 AM
View of Franconia Ridge

Cannon 4100'

Lonesome Lake/Hi-Cannon/Kinsman Ridge Trail

5.6 Miles 2350' Elevation gain

Kevin, Judy and Emma

If you follow our adventures you know that we haven't been up a 4k since February because part of our "pack" needed some time to heal. Emma has been doing great on shorter hikes with less elevation and did very well last week on Chocorua which had considerably more distance and elevation gain than our trip to Cannon this week. She seems to be quite tired and a little sore today as I write this. After the hike Saturday she had a busy day Sunday with some visiting dogs and today she's just taking it easy. Hopefully tomorrow she'll be her "old" self!

The Queen

The hike was uneventful and we only saw a couple of other hikers on the trail and had the summit tower to ourselves for a good long lunch. Along the trail I noticed that the Red Trillium was well past, but the Painted Trillium was in full bloom. The birches were just beginning to leaf out which made for a beautiful spring tint to the hardwood forest. The day was warm and very hazy which kept the sun from beating down with its full force. At the summit there was just enough breeze to cool you down and a long sleeve shirt was enough to keep body warmth constant. There were good albeit hazy views in all directions although there was some definite shower activity to the northeast in the area of Jefferson, NH.

Painted Trillium Trillium undulatum

On the way back down we began to run into more and more hikers on their way up. At the outlook over Lonesome Lake we ran into a nice family that plans to join us at Seek the Peak in July. They've been doing it for a few years, we wish them good luck! I guess the only interesting part of this trip is at the ladder. This ladder is different from most of the "ladders" I've encountered in the Whites in that it is actually a ladder as opposed to steep stairs. On the way up Emma needs a little boost, then she makes her way along the ledge just below the ladder to a spot a little further up where she needs another boost and from there she can scramble to the top herself. I follow on the ladder and give the needed boosts. On the way down she needs a little help in one spot, but then manages the rest on her own.

Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

Coming down took about the same time as going up as care was needed on the steep, rocky ledges while we descended. Back in the parking lot we had an encounter with a beautiful fox who was trying to eek out a living off of what might be available at Lafayette Place Campground. Judging from her looks she gets by pretty well. She and Emma had a good look at each other. I think each was a little jealous of the others lifestyle. Beautiful girls!

Full set of pictures here (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/White-Mountain-Hikes/Cannon-52210/12276213_7edej#875478995_zJZim):


Anna LeBlanc
05-25-2010, 05:05 PM
Great Tr and photos Kevin.That fox is beautiful.

I hope Emma is feeling better today,She;s such a sweet dog.


05-25-2010, 06:25 PM
Great pictures. The fox is a wonderful thing to witness. I hope to run into a fox one day. I hope the pup is feeling better.

Snow Miser
05-25-2010, 07:16 PM
I agree, really nice photos and TR Kevin. Glad to hear Emma is doing better. And the photos of the fox are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!