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Elevation: 3,028 ft 923 m
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Cannon Cliff is the tallest and most respected cliff in New England. The climbs are long, the weather is bad, and the rock is exfoliating. Every climber who heads up to do a route on Cannon understands that the undertaking is a considerable one.

This is not to say that the routes are bad, however. The popular routes ascend pristine granite and can be over ten pitches long. Just don't stray from your chosen route, as you may find yourself in one of Cannon's many heavily eroded vertical gullies.

Rockfall is a common occurrence on the cliff. The Old Man, a natural outline of a face in the rock and New Hampshire's famous state symbol, fell off the cliff a few years back. An entire pitch, the Whaleback Crack, parted from the face in the 1990's and created a swath of fresh talus at the base.

Gigapixel of Cannon, by Jim Surette

Located in Franconia Notch, the cliff faces east and many a climber has been caught unawares by fast-moving storms coming from the west. Plus, a long talus approach leads to the base and can be heinous if the talus is wet or snow covered.

Do not let the above description dissuade you. Cannon offers the chance for the experienced climber to find alpine serenity on a remote, unforgiving, and challenging wall.

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All roads lead to Interstate 93 and I-93 runs through Franconia Notch. The big cliff is on the west side of the road. You can't possibly miss it.

The parking area is on the north end of the cliff. It is only possible to access the lot from the southbound side of 93. If you are coming from the south, head past the lot and get off on the next exit (the Tramway exit). From here, reverse directions and head south into the lot.

Winter climbs

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For descriptions of Cannon's excellent winter climbs, including the super-classic Black Dike, see Cannon Ice Climbs.

82 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cannon Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 118
Lakeview
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 640
Whitney Gilman Ridge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 42
Lightning Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 533
Moby Grape
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 95
Slow and Easy
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Ambrosia
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 205
Reppys Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0 R
 127
Vertigo
Trad, Aid, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 48
Raven Crack
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 62
Sticky Fingers
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 95
VMC Direct Direct
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 75
Duet Direct
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
 9
Condescender
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 18
Labyrinth Wall Direct
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
Benedictus/Masterpiece
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lakeview 5. Slabs
 118
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Whitney Gilman Ridge 1. Whitney-Gilman Area
 640
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Lightning Crack 2. Duet Area etc
 42
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Moby Grape 4. Moby Grape Area
 533
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Slow and Easy 2. Duet Area etc
 95
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Ambrosia 1. Whitney-Gilman Area
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Reppys Crack 4. Moby Grape Area
 205
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Vertigo 4. Moby Grape Area
 127
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0 R Trad, Aid, Alpine 4 pitches
Raven Crack 2. Duet Area etc
 48
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Sticky Fingers 2. Duet Area etc
 62
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
VMC Direct Direct 3. Big Wall
 95
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Duet Direct 2. Duet Area etc
 75
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Condescender 5. Slabs
 9
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Labyrinth Wall Direct 3. Big Wall
 18
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Benedictus/Masterpiece 3. Big Wall
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
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