Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Hancock, North Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: A cold, overcast Tuesday made for plenty of open parking! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings were easy rock hops because the water on the rocks was not frozen. It won't be long before the rocks are covered with a nice thin coating of sheer ice making crossings treacherous without spikes.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were two blowdowns that were easy to climb over, but sadly I don't remember where on the trails they were located.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Saw a black fleece hanging in a tree on the way out, not too far from the road. It wasn't there in the morning, so it most likely belonged to someone who went up after us. Hopefully they grabbed it on the way out. 
Comments: First hike in winter conditions this season! There was quite bit of slush and mud at the lower elevations, and the tree roots were very slick and slippery. We made it through the entire hike in our trail runners but carried our spikes just in case we needed them. It would not have been overkill to put them on part way up the Hancock slide, but we had plenty of traction for the duration of the hike without the spikes. There was 3-6" of snow on the top of both mountains, and on the trail in between.  
Name: rj&mark 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-10-25 
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