Kinsman Ridge Trail, Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

I learned from a friend that there is a 4000 Footer Club in New Hampshire. There are 48 total 4000 footer peaks and our first one was the Cannon Mountain summit (4,080-foot) via the Kinsman Ridge Trail. Cannon Mountain is a year round destination offering a ski resort in the winter and aerial tramway rides to the summit in the off season. It was also the home of the Old Man of the Mountain rock feature that collapsed in 2003. The Kinsman Ridge Trail hike was a little over four miles round trip. There is an observation tower at the summit that can be reached via the Rim Trail. Cannon Mountain is part of the Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire. Franconia Notch State Park is part of the White Mountain National Forest of which the Appalachian Mountain Club helps maintain.

Kinsman Ridge Trail, Cannon Mountain
Kinsman Ridge Trail to Cannon Mountain summit in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
Kinsman Ridge Trail, Cannon Mountain
We enjoyed beautiful views all the way up to the summit of Cannon Mountain.
Kinsman Ridge Trail, Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch State Park
This is a view of Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire from the Kinsman Ridge Trail.
Kinsman Ridge Trail, Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire
My hiking buddy found a rock that looks like New Hampshire on the Kinsman Ridge Trail.
Kinsman Ridge Trail, Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire
As we gained elevation on the Kinsman Ridge Trail, we observed cloud activity above and below us.
Kinsman Ridge Trail, Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire
As we got close to the summit, we encountered a section of the trail that reminded us of the Enchanted Forest.
Cannon Mountain summit, New Hampshire
The summit of Cannon Mountain from the Observation Tower. We observed clouds on one side of the mountain and wide open views of Franconia Notch State Park on the other side.
Cannon Mountain summit, New Hampshire
We did it. Kinsman Ridge Trail was a steep, tough climb but worth it. We accomplished our first 4000 Footer.

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