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: Parked at the lot, very well plowed. I was the first car at 6am. I did not actually start my hike until about 6:40am and was still the only car. The lot was full upon my return around 11am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged or rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few duck unders, all easily manageable. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Did not see any doggos, but did see another report with two, we must have missed each other. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. 
Comments: I started at 6:40am and was the first person on the trail this morning. A lot of post holes for the first couple of miles, mostly to the sides of the trail. The trail itself was stable, and well packed. Spikes would have been fine at the start, but I wore snowshoes start to finish. I went up North, and the last .4 miles to the summit had a crust. I was able to dig in with my MSR Lightening Ascents, and also used the spike end of my ax (I do not use poles, so bring this along on certain trails in winter). Across the ridge from North to South, the drifts and fresh snow completely covered most of the trail. Almost to South I crossed paths with another who had come up South, she was in spikes. Descending South, her tracks had already been completely covered with drifts. Continuing my descent and to the trailhead was very well packed. I passed about 18-20 hikers on my descent, so was not sure how the trail would be, and was in a groove and did not want to stop, so I stayed in my shoes.  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-14 
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