Cannon Mt and Lonesome Lake
Lea Johnson, Matt Hansen, Fred Knight

Trip Report

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We estimated a short day, so we slept in and left from Forbes Road when the sun was ready to peak up. Arriving at Lafayette Campground at 8:45, we took off at a little before 9---definitely not an alpine start. A short bit up the Lonesome Lake Trail, we took off up Hi-Cannon. It appeared to be raining, but as the drops got bigger, we realized that the rain was actually melting ice dripping off the trees. We met two other guys later on the ascent, and they were wetter than we were. And, for a taste, look at this movie and Matt's pics in their full glory image

The hike up to the short ridge trail took over 2 hours, including a snack stop. Then we did the 0.5 miles to the Cannon briskly and mounted the tower. Matt brought out the celebratory homemade ales. The clouds were passing under and over us. After some posing for pics, we headed down to Lonesome Lake, where we visited the Hut so that Matt could get some more food. Coincidently, we bumped into Rich Marino with some Scouts at the hut.

Before Lonesome Lake and the Hut visit, coming down from Cannon was steep initially but padded with the existing snow. Our microspikes worked fine, so we got to carry our snowshoes throughout the entire hike! After the Hut break, we quickly headed down to the car, arriving at about 3pm. No gear problems, only wet mittens and bedraggled rabbit-fur-lined hat. Matt's appearance degraded significantly, shrouded in wet fur, but his smile blossomed through the hike and there were instances of devilish antics, including attempted ambushes after hiding off trail and some deluges of snow whisked off the trees. Camera comparison can be seen in the photos: Nikon D7000 (with 18-105-mm zoom, 16 Mpix, enhanced water resistence, fits in pack, 3 pounds, ~$1200) vs. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 (28-280-mm zoom, 9 Mpix, does well in cold, fits in pack-strap pocket, 8.4 oz, ~$280). Clear winner in resolution and definition is the Nikon, but the burden is weight and bulk. Both cameras did fine in the wet environment. No temperature issues.

Summary: ~6 miles to Cannon Mt and Lonesome Lake, 2200' elevation gain, 6 hrs (over book time!). Microspikes on well-packed trail; always below treeline.
--Fred (aka tarpman)


Panorama getting near the ridge: Franconia Ridge and south.
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See Matt's pics in their full glory here or below at moderate resolution.

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I doubt that local police were watching, but Matt WAS cautious.
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Many drips from trees, due to melting ice
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Mt Lafayette to Little Haystack
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