|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Hancock, South Hancock, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 20, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||A few spots left around 8:30, however the lot was overflowing and chaotic with tourist traffic around lunch time. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All rock hoppable at the moment, though on wet rocks in a few places. Water actually flowing in the crossing at the foot of the northern loop (often dry). |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||I was able to take out a dozen or so blowdowns, but many remain. Multiple large birch deadfall blowdowns on Hancock Notch Trail. Cedar Brook Trail is clear. Hancock Loop Trail has a few on the approach and on either branch, however between the peaks was hit pretty hard during the windstorm. Another large uproot in the blowdown patch from a year or two ago. Very unpleasant jungle gym near Middle Hancock, with over a dozen mid to large size blowdowns blocking the trail. Meanwhile, unmitigated erosion continues to destroy this trail, as existing steps and drainage are now giving way. |
|Lost and Found:
||Hancock Notch Trail was fairly dry with mud and running water in the usual places. Coating of damp leaves didn't pose much of a problem due to the flat grades.|
Cedar Brook Trail was mucky on the relo and had water running down the battered stretch above the crossing.
Hancock Notch Trail to the junction had some mud and areas of running water.
North side of the loop had areas of running water (major unmitigated erosion) and wet muck. Hit snow around 4,000 feet, but nothing I couldn't easily bareboot.
Fairly consistent snow cover between the peaks (though never more than an inch), as well as some ice chunks that had dropped from the trees. Muck in the usual places, as there isn't much of a ground frost yet. Three jungle gym blowdown patches will slow progress.
Descent off South was the most wintery, as snow and black ice continued almost all the way down to the loop junction. Depth is minimal and the ice was just a glaze. I was able to bareboot with care. Saw one person with spikes on. I don't think I would have even worn rock spikes.
Foliage is mostly down, but there were a few isolated patches of late fall colors. Trails were initially quiet this morning, but typical modern day 4K crowds emerged.
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.