The Cannon Balls

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The Cannon Balls (East peak)
Cannon Balls NH September 2020.jpg
The Cannon Balls are the three rounded peaks running from center left to center of the photo, in front of Cannon Mountain. The highest Cannon Ball is closest to Cannon Mountain. Mount Lafayette is on the right.
Highest point
Elevation3,769 feet (1,149 m)
Prominence190 feet (58 m)[1]
Listing#100 N.E. Hundred Highest
Coordinates44°9′00″N 71°42′37″W / 44.15000°N 71.71028°W / 44.15000; -71.71028Coordinates: 44°9′00″N 71°42′37″W / 44.15000°N 71.71028°W / 44.15000; -71.71028
LocationGrafton County, New Hampshire
Parent rangeKinsman Range
Topo mapUSGS Franconia
Easiest routehiking trail

The Cannon Balls is a mountain ridge located in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is part of the Kinsman Range of the White Mountains. The ridge has three peaks with elevations of, from west to east, 3,693, 3,660, and 3,769 feet (1,125, 1,115 and 1,148 meters). The ridge takes its name from adjacent Cannon Mountain, on which a series of boulders, when viewed from the foot of the mountain, resemble an antique artillery cannon. The Cannon Balls are flanked to the northeast by Cannon Mountain, and to the southwest by Kinsman Mountain.

The south side of the ridge drains into Cascade Brook, thence into the Pemigewasset River, the Merrimack River, and into the Gulf of Maine in Massachusetts. The north side drains into Coppermine Brook, thence into the Ham Branch of the Gale River, the Gale River, Ammonoosuc River, Connecticut River, and into Long Island Sound in Connecticut.

The Appalachian Trail, a 2,170-mile (3,490 km) National Scenic Trail from Georgia to Maine, runs across the southern base of the Cannon Balls between North Kinsman and Franconia Notch.

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  1. ^ Taken collectively — ignoring the divide between the west and middle peak — the key col between the Cannon Balls and Kinsman Mtn. has an elevation of 3,580±20 ft. However, considered individually, the key col of the east peak and Cannon Mtn. has an elevation of 3,420±20 ft, giving that peak a prominence of 349±20 ft.

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