Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Hancock, South Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, Arrow Slide
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, December 24, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The standard portion of the trail is a nicely packed at this time. It could probably be done with spikes although snowshoes would probably be helpful on the ascent for the extra traction since it’s so steep. Not sure what tonight / tomorrow’s rain will do to the trail though.

We went in via Hancock notch trail, to cedar brook, to the Hancock loop trail. After the split we headed up the trail towards north Hancock for a short distance before bushwhacking left and slightly downhill toward the base of arrow slide . We ascended the slide and stayed to the right once it split and bushwhacked through the trees back to the Hancock loop trail once the slide ended. The brush is pretty thick but we probably only had to go through it for maybe 1/10th of a mile . We then followed the regular trail to north Hancock. The slide itself was in pretty good shape , a mixture of large patches of ice , and patches of snow a couple feet deep, and some exposed rock. We had no issues going up the slide with snowshoes and an ice axe . We were able to maneuver around the large ice patches and head up through the snow for the most part.

We proceeded to south Hancock and took the standard route down.

* You probably shouldn’t attempt the slide without proper gear and winter hiking experience. *  
Name: Alyssa f  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-12-24 
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