Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cannon Mountain (5). August 15, 2010

Hi-Cannon Trail. 5.6 miles roundtrip.

I had a few days to myself after the girls and I returned from our two month roadtrip. On one of my solo mornings, I thought I'd take a walk up Cannon to see how well my legs remembered New Hampshire hiking.



Most of our summer's highpoint trails had been smooth and relatively devoid of rocks and roots. I prefer stones and boulders, as they bring a more interactive feel to a hike. Thankfully, I now live in the Whites, where all kinds of large objects litter the trail. Rocks, roots, stones, boulders, cliffs, fallen trees, etc. -- they're everywhere. One can't daydream too deeply while ascending a 4K, for there are too many things to step around and climb over!

























The ladder was...interesting. I'm not convinced it's all that stable...









Lonesome Lake down below...



A teensy bit of smooth trail, which greatly resembled most of our summer's highpoint paths...



Up top, on the way to the observation tower, I noticed that a couple of things have changed since my last visit. Since December 2009, they've roped off environmentally sensitive areas...



and built a new staircase (which one can only ascend when the weather permits).



The tower itself...



...and views! Looking east, there's Franconia Ridge...



Looking south...



the Kinsmans...



Looking southwest...



Looking west...



Northwest...



I was pleasantly surprised at myself. Ascent time was 1.5 hours, which is pretty good considering I've spent most of the summer sitting in my car.

It's good to be back.

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