|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Hancock, South Hancock, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, May 22, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||plenty of parking at the Hancock Overlook parking lot |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||streams running high but all rock-hoppable |
|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. |
||ideal conditions for Ella and Eva with lots of mud and water |
||with cool temps and our super early start never experienced any |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
||Donna D |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.