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: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking but several patches of black ice. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy. It was much safer to step in a few inches of water than step on the iced over rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on Hancock Notch and Cedar Brook Trails but all wee easy to manage. All of the really muddy spots were frozen solid. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Marlie and Brewer did well despite the temps in the mid 20s. This was an easy hike for the dogs with plenty of water along the way. We saw three other dogs all off of the leash and had no major problems. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: One empty can of Guiness just below the south peak, a gum wrapper, and a broken Yak Trax at the jctn of Hancock Notch and cedar Brook Tr. 
Comments: Great day for a hike. The snow started immediately when we entered the woods (1/4 inch deep) and was about an inch deep at the summits and along the ridge. There was not much ice and we barebooted most of the way. We did use microspikes to descend from the North Peak although we would have been ok without them. We figured that we carried them the last few hikes we might as well try them out. The summits had great views from the outlooks and there was almost no wind. A few more people than I was expecting but not crowded at all. We met a group that recognized us from our Whiteface Passaconaway hike 6 weeks ago. I believe that they recognized Marlie and Brewer though and not us.  
Name: IQuest 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-11-22 
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