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: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Small lot off Kanc hairpin turn. 4 cars when we arrived at 8am, full at noon when we finished. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All snow bridges. Open areas of dog needs a drink. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Loop trail not marked well, hard to see track in some areas due to light drifting of powder. Only one or two duck under trees, no blowdowns. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pemi and Maya well behaved as always 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 4 cars in Kank hairpin lot at 8am. 25F with light winds. Started up Hancock Notch trail in microspikes. Packed snowshoe track, wicked bad post holes first two miles just off trail. A couple miles in, we put on snowshoes with light drifting from an inch or two that was actively falling around 930am. We stayed in snowshoes most of the day. A bit windy today with limited views. Wind chill was uncomfortable at times. We could see wind kicking up snow on the surrounding peaks. The snow actively falling was a nice surprise as well. Summited North Hancock then travelled the loop trail between summits which was slightly drifted, had to watch the trail closely to make sure we stayed on it. Nice and soft under our snowshoes. After summiting South Hancock, we headed down the steep decent. Gypsy Hiker slipped or caught a shoe and nearly took out Tara on the super steep hard pack drop. Maya didn’t seem to be impressed. We all had a laugh, no injury! No ice or rock showing up yet. Maybe just a bit of rock in one spot defending, tip of the iceberg. All water crossings easy, with either a rock hop or an ice/snow bridge.
We took our snowshoes off last mile or so on Hancock Notch trail back to parking lot. Big post holes all along the edge for a mile frozen in time, be careful. Mr. Irrelevant took a spill catching one. The track was rock solid, but you will punch very deep if you step off the snowshoe track.
Great day out with Tara, Mr. Irrelevant, Gypsy Hiker, Sunshine, Pemi the golden and Maya the husky dog.  
Name: Mr. Irrelevant 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-14 
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