Cannon Mt Via Kinsman Ridge Trail,
2011 Dec 26
Benny, Jonah Tower, Steve Bussolari, Fred Knight
Fred's Home

Three of us, Jonah, Fred, and Benny, accepted Steve's invitation for a Boxing Day hike. Although Squam Range was put forward, Cannon Mt won due to a scolding from Charlie Abert that required reaching 4000'. It was Benny's first peak. Less wind and more clouds than expected. A gorgeous new snow of up to ~6". It was a short hike (for Benny's sake) and we arrived home before dark.

With an early start, we set out from the windy parking lot at Cannon Mt at 7:50am. I had my new boots and microspikes. We donned crampons on the way up; they were very helpful. Snow gradually got deeper, but there was no need for snowshoes. Light snow kept falling until near noon. The trail is fairly steep right away, 20% grade on average over the 2 miles to the Rim Trail junction near the summit.

Steve's trip report.

Fred's equipment issues: one broken Black Diamond pole, new boots a little loose but should be fine over time, two crampon gashes in pants and gaiters (repaired at home).

Summary: 5 miles, 4.5 hours, 2100' elevation gain.

--Fred (aka tarpman)
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Starting out for Cannon Mt
Starting out for Cannon Mt
The Tramway exit is the trailhead for Kinsman Ridge Trail---an early start with opaque conditions.
Benny and his Master
Benny and his Master
Jonah brought eager, 7-month-old Benny, laden with his own food.
Snowy, cloudy, 20s
Snowy, cloudy, 20s
The overnight snow was a few inches at the bottom. We donned crampons a little way up and kept them on until the end.
Getting ready to reach the summit.
Getting ready to reach the summit.
I had two shirts until the final ascent, where the wind picked up and we all layered on.
Slightly below the Cannon Mt summit
Slightly below the Cannon Mt summit
Breezy and 4-6" of new snow---a gorgeous day, even without the sun.
Arriving back at 12:30
Arriving back at 12:30
Still cloudy. A fine, short hike. Benny was glad to be back. Notice the usual pose from Steve.