We took the tram back up to the top of the mountain and opted to hike down the Kinsman Ridge Trail. The sign said it was 1.7 miles down. Someone told us it should take about 2.5 hours and we laughed thinking they were kind of crazy. Today we were celebrating Mom’s birthday so said what the heck and hiked down. We had ample water and snacks.
It was perfect weather. The road on the left is the ultimate goal.
YAY! Happy and smiles at the start of the decent.
Soon the trail changed and we were following blue blazes down rock scree in the washouts. Some rocks were large and some were gravel size.
I slipped a few times and got scraped up and didn’t want to hike anymore. But Mom convinced me to keep going that I would enjoy it. I did enjoy it. Soon it was a game but the rocks kept trying to beat me.
As we got lower the rocks were wet. We found patches of ice between rocks! The ice was melting making the rocks slippery.
Mommy being silly. Sadly, she fell right after this photo and did a butt slide down a rock.
The trees on the side became our friends as we navigated slippery slopes and water.
This is Echo Lake. We are staying to the paved lot of the far side of the lake on the left. This is about 1/2 of the way down the mountain.
Another rock attacked me. This time I thought I was done for real! I had blood all over. Mom said it wasn’t much and put medicine on the bloodiest spots with some bandages.
We made it down with no further injuries. No one was immune for the slipping and sliding. Even Dad slid of the pea gravel rocks and wet stones. Sometimes you just had to sit on your butt and slide!
Cannon Mountain is about 3250′ high! It was a super fun hike. At least I will say that now that it is over. During the hike, not so much!