|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Hancock, South Hancock, Juno Peak, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, bushwhacks, Arrow Slide, herd paths|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, July 4, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I took the last space at 7:20 at 1:30 the lot was overflowing. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easy. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Blowdowns recently removed on the loop tr. Typical erosion issues. |
||Black flies, not too bad. |
|Lost and Found:
||Treking pole lower segment found on the slide...I left it. ||
||Trail portions were as one would expect. |
I made the short bushwhack from the loop trail segment to N. Hancock to the runout of Arrow slide. The lower slide had running water, but was fairly easy to walk along. As things got steeper, the slabs were wet and slippery (no surprise this morning). I had to take to the woods from 50 or so vertical, to avoid some impassable slippery slabs. I came out near the large cairn. From the cairn, I took the narrower west (left when ascending) branch of the slide. At the top of the slide I followed tight herd paths to the view point on North Hancock.
From South Hancock, I launched a bushwhack to the 3,940 foot peak to the south, which Guy Waterman is said to have dubbed 'Juno Peak.' Initially, I followed a herd path past a campsite. I favored the north west to avoid steeps and cliffs. When safe I turned towards the col and ran a line towards Juno. From Juno, I slabbed northwest and had nice grades all the way to the Hancock Loop Tr., about 1/2mi. from the Cedar Brook Junction. Woods were never horrifying, but as one would expect, there were thick sections with lots of blowdowns. Getting off of South Hancock was the hardest bushwhacking of the route owed to steep and thick going. The col was surprisingly nice.
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.