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: Sunday, August 5, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking around 715am, and only a few spots by 745am. This lot is used for the outlook as well as occupied by overnighters hiking the Hancocks -- parking availability will vary.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were easily maneuverable by rock hopping. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Only encountered one tree down across the trail, easily passed by ducking under or climbing over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Some sections have steep drops -- keep animals leashed 
Bugs: No major issues with bugs. Only limited interaction with mosquitoes. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found various trash, a rubber trekking pole tip, and a banana peel. Packed it all out for disposal. A tent was located, unpacked, stuffed in the brush down the spur off of the South summit. It appeared small, possibly a bivy. 
Comments: A foot path by the gazebo leads down to the Kancamagus, allowing hikers to cross the hairpin turn to arrive at the Hancock trailhead. Be careful as the visibility is limited and people do speed around the corner often.

The summit views at both the North and South are small, can only comfortably fit a few people, and easily become overcrowded. Keep in mind the time you spend occupying the small space. While summiting on this trip, a line was forming at the North peak view.

No cairns or other summit markers at either peak.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-08-05 
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