Sunday, July 31, 2016


A loop on a beautiful early morning via the Hi-Cannon Trail, Dodge Cutoff, Around-Lonesome-Lake Trail, and Lonesome Lake Trail.

I ascended via the Hi-Cannon Trail, whose many little switchbacks make it fun compared to the long straight grades on Lonesome Lake Trail.

South & North Kinsman from the east shore of Lonesome Lake.

A closer look.

A suite of signs.

This small clearing marks the site of the original Lonesome Lake Hut on the east shore, built as a fishing lodge by author William C. Prime in 1876. In 1929 it was acquired by the state of NH and leased to AMC. In 1963 the old buildings were torn down and the present hut was constructed on the SW side of the lake.

Walkway through the open bogs.

Looking across to the ridges of the Cannon Balls.

Mount Liberty.

Looking back at Coppermine Col.

Bog Goldenrod (I think).

Backlit view of Franconia Ridge from a sitting rock.
The sitting rock.

View from the dock area near Lonesome Lake Hut.

Footbridge at the lake outlet.

The outlet, flowing towards Cascade Brook.

The Appalachian Trail heads off here.

Northeast Cannon Ball, Coppermine Col and the south hump of Cannon from another sitting rock.

The ledgy face of North Kinsman. It was pretty quiet at the lake up to this point, then I passed dozens of upbound hikers while descending the Lonesome Lake Trail.

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