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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Hancock, South Hancock, NH
Trails
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking area is nominally ploughed, but be advised, if snow is your car's kryptonite, consider what your day's goals are before driving into the parking area. If they include "getting stuck in snow" then full steam ahead. If they include "hiking" and you'd prefer to get home before dark, maybe another hike should be on your docket -- to that end, Lincoln Woods was in pristine shape. That said, if you have decent all season radials, or maybe even A/T tyres, you should do OK. Feather the clutch as per normal, and Bob's your uncle.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not a problem today! Snow/ice bridges were in fine shape.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail is a fall-line trail, as is the custom in most of the Whites. Be forewarned. That said, I encountered relatively nothing at all in terms of blow-downs. The few tree trunks that were "obstructing" the trail required a very slight "lean over a little" and almost no time at all spent navigating them. You spend more time opening a door to pass through.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Halfway up the meat and potatoes of the hike, I was questioning my life choices. Hot damn, every time I do this hike, I casually forget the massive elevation gain in almost no horizontal motion. But then I get to the summit, and enjoy a lovely, extremely easy hike across the col to the other summit. And there goes any memories I ever had about the work in getting to the summit. Oh well. This is a New England classic no matter what.


Someone had bare-booted it recently. For the love of the mountains, please wear snow shoes and help keep the trail in sweet shape. Everyone else thanks you.


Photos and a more detailed trip report are on my blog, as always. Enjoy!  
Name
Name: Protean Wanderer 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hiker@proteanwanderer.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-25 
Link
Link: http://www.proteanwanderer.com/2021/02/26/trip-report-soft-snow-high-hancocks/ 
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