Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Hancock, North Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, East Side Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 25, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Able to rock hop all although some rocks were glazed over with ice this morning.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We unclogged a few waterbars and threw many branches off the trail on Cedar Brook Trail beyond the Hancock Loop. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Met Dexter :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found and carried out a Bud Lite can, a Coors can, and a couple wrappers. We earned 10 cents today.  
Comments: Spotted a car at Lincoln Woods TH. Put spikes on for a short icy section of Hancock Notch Trail, then not again until going up South Hancock. As others have mentioned, South is MUCH more icy than North, so doing the loop counter-clockwise is recommended. Ice was frozen pretty hard when we went up; careful spike placement is necessary! We kept spikes on for the ridge but removed them shortly after beginning descent of North as the ice was mostly melted on this south-facing side.

Continued on Cedar Brook Trail, over height-of-land and down the other side, checking out Camp 24B on the way. Still some neat "artifacts" there. Trail was mostly melted out, but some rotting snow/ice lingered, not enough to warrant spikes though. Nice walk down to the Pemi River on old RR grade.

East Side Trail had a couple wet spots, but we were able to keep our feet dry in trailrunners today, surprisingly. There are 4 new bridges in the last mile or so of EST...

Great day for a walk in the woods.  
Name: Snowflea & Fancypants 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-25 
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