Kinsman Ridge trail
4 miles round-trip
2,100 elevation gain
Here we go! As soon as I started off, the cold went away--thanks to Cannon's steep Kinsman Ridge trail.
The trail was mostly packed out--not perfectly hard, but packed out. Snowshoes weren't really needed, in my opinion. Microspikes were helpful though; there were some icy parts.
A selfie of myself while hiking! It can be exciting trying to take a quick photo of yourself before your hands get too cold or your phone's battery power goes down. This one turned out pretty well.
I love when the scenery is mostly white, the sky is blue, and the trees are green. The colors look lovely together!
Beautiful views...I'm not seeing many snow-covered mountains, though--at least not at the tops of mountains. It's been a warm winter! At least it was until right after Christmas.
I took this shot because I liked how the sky looked with the snow-covered branches of the trees. I love winter so much!
As you can see, this is the type of footwear that is nice to wear when going up Cannon in the winter -- microspikes or Hillsound Mini-Crampons -- in this picture, my Mom is wearing Hillsound Mini-Crampons. Another action shot!
Walking along the path...
And...we're out! I didn't mind the clouds -- they are nice to look at when hiking.
There's Sage again! She had a little cold the day before, but she seemed to be doing well when she was hiking up the mountain. Sage was going fast!
Avoiding the holes in the snow...
Action shot of Sage! Where's the other half of her leg?
We made it to the sign! Almost to the top...
Sage is interested in something on a tree branch...
Up we go! Chilly...
The summit shot! We were all very cold. Mom took a quick picture, I took a quick picture, and then we all ran back down so we wouldn't get too cold. My picture is not a perfect one, but my hands were starting to freeze!
Once we burst into the nice lodge at the top of the mountain, this message flashed on my screen. Strange? Well, it must have been used to the cold -- so much that it overheated when it warmed up.
The ice flakes on the window of the lodge -- it was hard to take this photo because the camera kept focusing on the scenery outside, but I wanted to focus on the ice instead.
Once we were out of the lodge, we headed back down the mountain. Here are some more views. These are clearer than before -- there are no clouds in the way this time!
Sage, the views, and my thumb in the way!
And...we're down! There is a large hill right by the trail head -- people have sledded down it, and now it's our turn! This is me running up...
That ends another winter hike -- my 10th time up Cannon!