Date Hiked: August 31, 2006
Trails Taken: Lonesome Lake Trail to Hi-Cannon Trail to Kinsman Ridge Trail to summit. Kinsman Ridge Trail to Lonesome Lake Trail back to trailhead.
Weather: Early morning sun, mid morning sun, mostly sunny the rest of the day
Total Miles: 5.9
Total Time: 5 hours and 25 minutes.
Start time was 9:25 and back at 2:50pm
Lonesome Lake Trail to Hi-Cannon Cutoff. Elevation gains immediately via numerous switchbacks. For most of the climb there is a great view through the trees of the Franconia Ridge Mountains.
10:15am After the Dodge Cut-off Trail intersects the Hi-Cannon Trail the trees thin and the grading of the trail levels for a short while.
11:00am Got my first glimpse of Lonesome Lake from the Hi-Cannon Trail. At this point there is some moderate grading to conquer. At about 3,770′ the trail becomes very narrow and is fairly level.
11:25am Trail is very easy from here on.
11:40am Made the summit and took a picture of the marker and then climbed up to the watch tower and got a beautiful panorama of the Franconia Ridge Mountains – specifically Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack, Mt. Liberty and Mt. Flume. About 50 feet from the path is the tram/ski lift, restrooms and a restaurant making this a little different than most 4,000 footer hikes. I figured, “screw it” and ordered a hot dog. Stayed at summit for about an hour.
12:45pm Headed back. About 15 minutes down the Kinsman Ridge Trail where it joins the Hi-Cannon Trail, the grading becomes very steep. Immediate and significant elevation loss here and it is a pretty tough trail. I had a bit of a hard time on the Hi-Cannon Trail but I am glad I did not take the Kinsman Ridge Trail all the way to the summit.
1:25pm Junction of the Lonesome Lake Trail
2:00pm Lonesome Lake just after boardwalk
2:30pm Junction – only 0.4 miles to go.