Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Hancock, South Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot well cleared. Two cars (including mine) at 7:30 and nine cars at 2:30 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None were an issue because of hard ice on crossings. Water level was low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were largely in very good shape. Noticeable new snow (maybe 5 or 6 inches) on top of packed snow on ridge trail between the two summits. One large blowdown on Ridge Trail between North and South Hancock. Someone will need chainsaw to remove. Removed one duck under and one middle size blowdown, both on ridge trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: did not see any dogs on trail despite great weather. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing found on trail or in parking lot 
Comments: I did Hancock Loop Trail clockwise. Wore micro spikes from trailhead until steep part of ascent on North Hancock, where I switched to crampons. Wore snowshoes along ridge trail between the summits. As stated above the snow was noticeable deep on ridge with maybe 5 inches of new snow on top of solid base. The snowshoes were a big help on ridge trail. Wore snow shoes down descent of South Hancock (would not have done this if there wasn't new snow that helped to stop my sliding too far). Passed about 19 people on the trail. Everyone appeared to be enjoying both the weather and the hike. I would grade today's experience as a pleasant but strenuous hike.  
Name: Bruce 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-03-05 
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