Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire

Prominence: 720 ft, 220 m

Elevation: 4080+ feet, 1244+ meters

Approx. Isolation: 2.5 mi, 4.02 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 4080 - 4120 ft
    (40-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 4080 ft / 1244 m
    (Range 4080 - 4120 ft)
Alternate Name(s)Profile Mountain
Peak TypeFamous Peak, but not High Point
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)44° 9' 24'' N; 71° 41' 55'' W
44.156776, -71.698626 (Dec Deg)
284208E 4892827N Zone 19 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceNew Hampshire
County/Second Level RegionGrafton

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Lists that contain Cannon Mountain:
     New Hampshire 3500-foot Peaks (Rank #36)
     New England 3700-foot Peaks (Rank #48)
     New England 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #48)
     Northeast USA 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #82)
     Famous Peaks that are not High Points (Rank #18)
     Peaks on US State Quarters (Rank #10)
     New Hampshire 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #36)
     Northeast "115" 4000-footers (Rank #85)
     AMC New England Hundred Highest (Rank #48)
     AMC New Hampshire 4000-footers (Rank #36)
     YMCA Alpine Club List (NH) (Rank #45)
     AMC New England 4000-footers (Rank #48)
     Trailwright New Hampshire 4000 footers (Rank #58)
     Most Ascended Peaks (Rank #27)
     Peaks with Most Individual Summiters (Rank #24)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       AMC White Mountain Guide, 28th Edition (Smith, Daniell)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1974-08-10 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1981-07-11 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2007-12-30 by M (whichway) Lardiere
     2007-12-31 by Monica Trust (Unsuccessful)
     2008-01-20 by Monica Trust
     2009-10-18 by Matthew Nelson
     2010-07-17 by Michael Berger
     2010-11-13 by Dan Quinlan (GPS Track)
     2011-06-30 by Spencer Corcoran
     2011-07-27 by Andrew Russel
     2011-09-10 by Kirk Kauffman
     2011-09-16 by Ryan Aschbrenner
     2012-01-01 by Michael Blair
     2012-02-11 by Matt DiFrancesco (GPS Track)
     2012-07-01 by Isaiah Knight
     2012-07-15 by David Cormier (GPS Track)
     2012-08-12 by Charles Marshall (GPS Track)
     2012-08-13 by Gabriel Couët
     2012-11-24 by Heather Hesse
     2013-03-24 by Matt DiFrancesco (GPS Track)
     2013-08-10 by Zachary Goumas (GPS Track)
     2013-08-11 by Paul Blanchette
     2013-08-11 by Steve Blanchette (GPS Track)
     2014-08-23 by Michael Berger
     2014-08-23 by Richard Bedard (GPS Track)
     2015-07-02 by Jeremy Disch

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Although not very high by White Mountain standards, Cannon Mountain is one of the most notable and interesting mountains in the northeastern United States.

For almost 200 years it was best known for as the site of the "Old Man of the Mountain", a series of rock ledges that resembled a jagged profile of a man's face. This formation became the state symbol of New Hampshire, used on highway signs, license plates, and the commemerative state quarter coin. But the fragile ledges collapsed on May, 3, 2003 after a freeze cycle, ending decades of effort to keep them bolted to the mountain.

Even though the "Old Man" was the most famous of the mountain's rocky features, it's name comes from another one: a pile of boulders on it's crest that looks like a cannon pointed at the sky.

The mountain is also a recreational mecca. The sheer cliffs on the peak's east side offer some of the best rock-climbing on the east coast, and a major ski area uses the north side of the peak. The ski area's aerial tramway runs year-round, offering scenic views for tourists. And, of course, several hiking trails climb the slopes of Cannon to the broad summit area.

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With the boys at the top of Cannon ski tow Photo by Vic Stashewsky.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 720 ft/220 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 800 ft/244 m
  Line Parent: Kinsman Mountain-North Peak
  Key Col: 3360 ft/1024 m
Isolation2.5 mi/4.02 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Kinsman Mountain-North Peak  (SW)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Northern U.S. Appalachians
Range4: White Mountains
Range5: Western White Mountains
Range6: Kinsman Range
Ridges/DividesWhite Mountain Crest
Drainage Basins
Gulf of Maine
Atlantic Ocean
Long Island Sound
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: White Mountain National Forest/Franconia Notch State Park
Topo MapFranconia O44071b6 1:24,000
Ski AreaCannon
Route #1 Maintained Hiking Trail: Kinsman Ridge Trail
Trailhead: Profile Lake 1960 ft/597 m
Vertical Gain: 2120 ft/647 m
Route #2 Maintained Hiking Trail: Hi-Cannon Trail
Trailhead: Lafayette Place 1760 ft/536 m
Vertical Gain: 2320 ft/708 m
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