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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks South Hancock, North Hancock, NH
Trails
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at Hancock Overlook today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were made with careful rock hopping.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Free of blowdowns. Some drainages could use attention.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Should be no issues for an experienced trail pup. 
Bugs
Bugs: Saw a few flying but none biting.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a grey knit hat, some kind of wireless device and a geocache. All were left at the trailhead kiosk. 
 
Comments
Comments: I barebooted all the way up to the split on the Hancock Loop. There was a stretch on Hancock Notch Tr where snowshoes could have been worn but the monorail was somewhat stable and with the relatively flat terrain just boots were fine. Cedar Brook Tr was 70% snow free with minimal ice. Shortly after the rocky stream crossing on Hancock Loop Tr the snow cover became consistent with only a couple of bare spots. At the split I put on snowshoes and headed up to South Hancock first. There was excellent coverage and the heel lifts made the climb relatively easy. The actual summit was mostly bare but once headed towards North Hancock the coverage was good enough to keep the snowshoes on. They made the risk of postholing minimal and were much more efficient than light traction. Descending from North Hancock I left the snowshoes on for about .2 mi then it became too bare and bony so I took them off. I barebooted down with careful foot placement although light traction would be a safer choice. At the bottom, the seasonal stream was flowing well, and after crossing I put the snowshoes back on to climb back up to the split and I would keep them on until halfway back down to the Cedar Brook Tr. I saw only two others and coincidentally I knew one of them. Another great quiet day in the woods.

9.8 mi. 2700' elev+  
Name
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-04-14 
Link
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