Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Hancock, Northwest Hancock, South Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, Arrow Slide, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 25, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: water crossings all about as low as i have ever seen them. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: trails were all decidedly dry, but for some minor mud on all trails. the re route of cedar brook trail is interesting and now skips the first 4 water crossings on cedar brook trail rather than just the first two. don't know if there are plans to mark it any better before winter, but it wouldn't be a bad idea. from the sag below the hancock loop split on the north branch we bushwhacked a short distance to the arrow slide run out. footing was good and settled up through the runout to the ledges which were still wet in spots, but very dry for that slide. we started up left then cut back right and went up the right side leaving just short of the top. a short thick push led to open woods up to the trail a short distance from north peak. we continued a short distance towards south peak then hopped off onto a herd path on the ridge towards nw peak. the herd path soon turned to a mess of interlaced paths and we just followed our bearing in decent open evergreen forest making sure to hit the narrow portion of the ridge a few hundred feet down. going was pretty good along the ridge with some thick patches, often avoidable, along with blowdown. once on the narrow portion of the ridge navigation was pretty obvious along the narrow crest. the narrowness was especially cool towards the final approach to the recognized summit. some tower artifacts as well. we made an attempt to drop to some cliffs northeast of the summit, but it soon got very steep and we turned back up. we did find some nice limited views from various points along the ridge. we headed back the way we came with more decent luck on hitting good woods and were soon heading to south peak. given all the endless yacking online about the cutting on the summit of tecumseh i am a little surprised more people aren't talking about the opened view on south hancock. it is actually quite a nice viewpoint now, but the cutting is pretty messy. from south peak it was a straight forward walk back out to the trailhead. we opted to follow the old trail section out and it was incredibly dry even in some of the traditionally wet spots. great running into hiker ed out there today.  
Name: bryan, Nordic Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-09-25 
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