Ascent to Cannon Balls-Middle Peak-Trail HP on 2013-08-11

Climber: Steve Blanchette

Others in Party:Paul Blanchette -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Cannon Balls-Middle Peak - Trail HP
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3550 ft / 1082 m
    Remaining Elevation:90 ft / 27 m (47% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Full Trip Summary:
For my 30th birthday I decided to hike Cannon Mountain with my father while the rest of the family took the gondola up. We started at Lafayette Campground and the plan was to get to summit and top of observation tower by 10:36am when I was born, and we made it with 10 minutes to spare! It was great to hit a milestone like turning 30 surrounded by the ones I love with amazing views of the mountains I love!
My father and I then continued down the Kinsman trail over the Cannon Balls. We were going to try and bushwhack to Middle Cannon Ball but it was very dense and we couldn't locate the remnants of someone else attempting this, so we passed. Also bagged NE Kinsman on the way to the AT which took us back down to campground. We hiked by Lonesome Lake and the Lonesome Lake Hut. A very nice area that was very busy!
Truly a great birthday!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Total Elevation Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Kinsman Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Col  3450 ft / 1051 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Kinsman Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Col  3300 ft / 1005 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Cannon

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cannon Mountain2013-08-11 a2580 ft / 786 m
2The Cannon Balls2013-08-11 b369 ft / 112 m
3(Attempt) Cannon Balls-Middle Peak2013-08-11 c100 ft / 30 m
4Cannon Balls-West Peak2013-08-11 d393 ft / 120 m
5North Kinsman Mountain-Northeast Peak2013-08-11 e252 ft / 77 m
6AMC Lonesome Lake Hut2013-08-11 f120 ft / 37 m
Total Trip Gain: 3814 ft / 1162 m    Total Trip Loss: 3814 ft / 1162 m

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