|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Hancock, South Hancock, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, May 22, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All very easy considering all of the melting this week, even the last two more significant crossings. Had to partially dip a couple of shoes, but not a big deal. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of blowies along the ridge. Trail is easier to follow now that snow is minimal, though, especially just below the summit of Hancock on the way to South. |
||Piper had a wet blast. |
|Lost and Found:
||Combination of dry/damp trail for the first two miles. Very small patches of snow started to appear between the +/- 2 mi. mark and the loop split.|
From split and dow, then the first 100 yards of North Hancock were a snowy mess, but from then on it was intermittent ice and/or bare ground for the remainder of the climb. Spikes helped for about 5 mins before it turned to dirt all the way to the summit.
The ridge was better than we expected. Monorail is intermittent. What's there is unreliably stable, but there was much less of it than I was prepared for. A few duck-unders here and there.
The descent from South Peak is a mess and most definitely the worst part of the trail right now. Unstable monorail. Take your time and it's fine.
Let's get some more melting up in here!
||Nate Weeks |
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.