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: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Hancock overlook parking lot on the Kancamangus Highway. I arrived around 6am and was the first car there. When I left the lot was still not full, and many of the cars were people enjoying the view. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Overall trail was in good condition 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw some doggos on my way down 
Bugs: I applied repellent in the parking lot before I started. Noticed a lot of bugs (mostly on the descent) but not bites. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found 
Comments: I started my hike at 6:14am and was planning on a quick loop. At the junction of Cedar Brook Trail I ended up doing a short 3.5 mile out and back on the Cedar Brook Trail. This trail does not seem to get much traffic. A lot of water crossings (all fine) and A LOT of mud. Was a cool little detour. Back at the junction I took the Hancock Loop trail, I went up clockwise to Mount Hancock first, and then down through South Hancock. I was very happy with this decision. I passed 3 hikers on my way up, met two at South summit, and on the descent the trail was getting more traffic. Some chose to go up counter clockwise. I saw about 30 hikers heading up as I was coming down. At the parking lot around noon, the lot was not quite full, and a lot of the cars were there to enjoy the view. Ended up with a total of 12.85 miles, including the detour. Was a beautiful day! Nice cool breeze at the summit.  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-08 
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