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: Monday, November 12, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot is plowed, there's a bumpy layer of ice on part of the lot. No issue for 2WD cars to get in and out though. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Stream crossings were a bit dicy, a lot of rocks are covered in black ice. Microspikes and trekking poles is probably the best method. The 2 crossings near the jct. of Cedar Brook Tr and Hancock Loop Tr were most concerning, all smaller crossings are rock-hoppable w/o traction. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One fairly large fir across the trail about 0.4mi from the trailhead, a short bushwhack gets around it for now. and a few trees (4-12") further on in the trail, but easily passable, step-over or ducking. (A chainsaw is needed to clear them however.) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: no bugs this time of year :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I was one of two parties on this trail today. One group of 4 was on their way up to North Hancock as I was descending. I packed snowshoes thinking I'd need them higher up, but they aren't necessary unless the mountain receives more snow. The trail is well packed and bootable, though icy-postholes in in the lower trails. I climbed S. Hancock first, and did the loop counter-clockwise up to N. Hancock. Only a bunch of grey jays to keep me company for most of the hike. Microspikes were very useful in the steep descent from N. Hancock.  
Name: Nathan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-11-12 
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