TL;DR —-> We hiked up most of Cannon on Saturday and it was fun and challenging. Feel free to skip to the pictures. If you’ve got some time to kill, the full hike report is below. I am supposed to be doing homework, so of course I’m writing a nearly 1200 word essay on our hike instead.
Our plan last weekend was to hike Cannon Mountain, but as we mentioned, homework got the better of both of us. This weekend, we were determined to make the hike happen. When we arrived at the base we realized that last weekend was the last weekend the tram at Cannon ran until ski season. That meant we would have to hike up the mountain and back down the way we came. This did not seem like that big of a deal. I prefer loop hikes that offer one kind of terrain for the ascent and another for the descent. Or to put it another way, I don’t mind a technical climb up with a modicum of scrambling up rocks, but I sure as hell don’t want to do that on the way down.
The hike up Cannon gets your heart pumping right away; there’s a lot of vertical to go up in a relatively short period of time. Derek led the way and I followed. About a half mile into the climb, the terrain changed a bit. We had to navigate up some rocky parts and we were in some cases going up a sluice-like trail, or something out of an Indiana Jones movie: if water––or a giant boulder––were to suddenly be released from the top of the mountain, we would have been goners. Or taking a positive outlook, if it was water we’d have been in for an adventurous slide down a mountain ala that scene in The Goonies. That lasted for a bit and then the terrain changed again. Now we were gingerly choosing our foot placements as we traversed what was once a dry creek bed. It rained pretty hard the last few days and we were treated to many little waterfalls. No big deal, it was easy to sidestep the major puddles, and although most of the rocks were covered in leaves, neither of us had much difficulty finding a path that worked.