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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Hancock, South Hancock, NH
Trails
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of parking at the Hancock Overlook parking lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: streams running high but all rock-hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: USFS crew out performing drainage work plus clearing some blowdowns. Many blowdowns have been removed from the ridge, but several remain on the ridge (this crew was not going to attack these, said that AMC crew would remove them at some point). Have to detour around these 2 spots but it's obvious where others have been; too thick to crawl under or climb over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: ideal conditions for Ella and Eva with lots of mud and water 
Bugs
Bugs: with cool temps and our super early start never experienced any 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 6 am start to try to beat the incoming rain and we did; never rained, actually the sun came out as we were descending

Patchy icy/snowy monorail exists on and off, even a few avoidable patches down low on Hancock Notch Trail. Most of monorail is on the ridge, but didn't need to use microspikes; can walk on it or next to it (in places ice still 2 ft deep). Monorail also still exists on the lower portion of the North spur as it descends to stream crossing, plus South spur has longer stretches of ice

Water running about normal for this time of year. Possible to rock-hop all crossings, boots might get a little wet.

Many blowdowns have already been removed from the extensive fall storm damage on the ridge. Only 2 areas still need work, and there are work-arounds to bypass these, too thick to climb over or duck under.  
Name
Name: Donna D 
E-Mail
E-Mail: winnie@vermontel.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-23 
Link
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