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 12, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot was half full at 9am. $3 charge.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Approx. 5 stream crossings with moderate water level. Passable by stepping on rocks. I recommend using poles for balance.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Steep, icy sections on Hancock may be very difficult for most dogs.  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Leave your snowshoes in the car, but bring your microspikes and poles. If you have crampons, brings those too. Microspikes were necessary starting at the trailhead due to icy conditions. The last 0.5 to 1.0 mile climb up Mt. Hancock is very steep and icy. Use your crampons for this section if you have them. If not, microspikes are sufficient. Great south facing views from the summit. The descent down South Hanocock is also very treacherous. Use your crampons here as well, or microspikes at a minimum. I recommend doing the loop clockwise. It was a warm day. The snow is melting quickly. Hike this trail soon before it turns into a mudfest. Overall, this is a strenuous, but rewarding hike. The approach is flat and mild, but the push to the summit is steep and severe.  
Name: Bag 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-03-12 
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