This weekend I hiked into Lonesome Lake Hut for a weekend with my hiking friends. We got into the hut by the lonesome lake trail with no problems, and got setup and had a fine dinner. We spent some time watching for the forecasted meteor showers, and I took some long exposure photos with my new camera. On Sunday we woke up to clear skies and set out for North East Cannonball. The trail around the lake was semi frozen and slippery in places. We then started climbing and at the junction of the Kinsman Ridge Trail decided it was necessary to put on our Microspikes. The short hike up to the unmarked summit was very steep and ice covered and I was concerned coming down would be very dangerous. We spent some time at the lookouts near the summit and then headed back the same way we came. The view over to North Kinsman was fantastic. We stopped at the hut for a few moments to pack up our overnight gear, and then headed back to the car. In short, North East Cannonball has a fine view for an easily accessible summit, I would say it is best combined with Cannon, but makes a great short trip for those with limited time or looking for an easy hike from the hut.
Distance: 6.48 mi
Elevation Gain: 2,086 ft