had to go to littleton on an errand today. the sun was shining so i brought jake and spanky and did a quick toodle up to the top of Cannon via the Lonesome Lake and Kinsman Ridge trails (up the back of Cannon).
it's a great little quick hike. including lunch, photographs, checking out the vistas from that lower trail that has the stone 'bench' things, chatting w/ folks who were riding up the lift for foliage tours, etc. it only took 2:50 total round-trip.
we pushed pretty hard (about 80% max) on the ascent. rough times were:
car to lonesome lake: under 30 minutes
lonesome lake to kinsman ridge trail: about 15minutes
kinsman ridge trail to summit: about 20 minutes
|pwning the mountain|
i think to get from the car to the top of the observation tower was about 1:15.
it's a great route for dogs. plenty of water (the trail up the back of the summit has a lot of water running down it). on the way up, hit a spot where i had to lift jake. spanky scrambled it after decided to try it on her own (she was getting ready for me to lift her, then decided she had a plan). i had to push her butt for it to work, but it did. on the way down, had to lift jake off boulders in about 5 spots.