Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Northwest Hancock, North Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, bushwhack, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 14, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No problems finding a spot at 7:30. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings on Cedar Brook Trail were all rock-hoppable. No toher crossings of note. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of downed birches across the trail within a mile of the start of the Hancock Notch Trail. Otherwise the trails (as opposed to the bushwhack) were all fine. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Not as bad as expected. Only real problem was at lower end of Hancock Loop Trail. But they were nasty there around 5:00 p.m. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started the bushwhack about 1.9 miles from the Hancock Loop Jct. (just before a brook crosses the trail). Heavy stuff for a while until we accessed the slide. Slide was very lose. Best to keep spacing between hikers. Even hubcap-sized rocks were sliding. Heavy stuff from top of slide to NW Hancock. Register is there. We opted to go over N. Hancock for descent, rather than go down slide (it had rained for a while late-morning). This was easier, if you stayed just to the East (left) of the ridge. A lot of moose scat and signs of herd paths. Woods fairly open ascending cone to Hancock Loop Trail, which we reached just South of North Hancock summit. A great hike with Robin leading the way, and five other game hikers. Thanks to several hikers who had done this previously (Brian, Trish, Danielle, Adam, others I may have missed) for sharing GPS tracks and info which was very helpful.  
Name: LarryD 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-07-15 
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