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: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Very few cars at 8 AM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Standing water on Cedar Brook Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a gray nalgeen with duct tape. We placed it at the parking lot trail sign with a few other lost and found items. 
Comments: Beautiful day for a hike: warm, no wind, and lovely views. Cedar Brook was easy and clear at the start, then became muddy later on before the monorail appeared toward the junction. Lots of different things going on today! Monorail was stable at the start of the day and microspikes were enough going up toward North Hancock until the ridge. As the day warmed up, the snow became less stable and postholing became a huge problem, especially on the ridge-line, so I put on snowshoes until the descent. It was a bit of a pain in some spots since there were sections of exposed rock and soil that weren't friendly to snowshoes, but the snow was deep and soft enough in some areas that it made it worth it to keep them on. Descent from South Hancock was soft, unstable snow over slick sections of ice. Traction is a must. Rivers were fast-moving but easily hoppable. The day was warm enough that the monorail was noticeably softer and less stable on the way back. Spring is coming! Green shoots are appearing and everything smells of fresh, young fir.  
Name: fluffycat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-04-13 
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