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: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
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
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Piper had a wet blast. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 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!  
Name: Nate Weeks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-23 
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