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: Friday, May 6, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were able to be rock-hopped.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One larger blowdown on the ridge between North and South Hancock, with a herdpath already forming.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trail wet and dry in places to the junction with Cedar Brook. Still some ice patches in shady places, but can be skirted around. We were able to bare boot all the way to the junction on the Hancock Loop Trail where the decision for north or south first needs to be made. We chose to go up South Hancock first, to go up the ice rather than down it. Light traction, the basic Hillsounds, worked well for the ascent. The ridge was a combination of icy sections and some early monorail, all of which was easily handled by light traction. The descent down North Hancock was pretty much ice free, except for some patches of ice here and there and the last section back up to the junction, which was icy and needed traction. Any ice we encountered today was soft and with the warm temperatures will hopefully continue to melt.

Really nice to have sunshine and blue skies this morning for a quick and fun hike with Claudette and Kevin!  
Name: SBanks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-06 
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