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, April 25, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: First car in the morning, about 10 upon return 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings where fine, even if they should rise some, still of little issue 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Took out two blowdowns, cleaned about 20 waterbars/runoffs 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a little Aussie  
Bugs: Tons of snowfleas. Unfortunately the two legged version was not found. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I found a microspike coming off South Hancock. If you lost it, let me know. It's a unique one. 
Comments: A FINE day in Henry's Woods and just beat the rain. Another of my April redo's. Trail is bare for the first mile, from then to Cedar Brook is firm mono with plenty of snow. Cedar Brook is generally snow free with some exceptions. Hancock Loop in its entirety is in great shape with plenty of snow to be had. Looks like some poor soul went in about 3' on the ridge. I wore spikes from the last water crossing on Hancock Notch trail, though they could have been on sooner. I wore them on return to a mile before the car. They are my rock spikes and are about as sharp as a stick of butter, so it didn't bother me much to keep them on. Firm and lovely on the ascent of North, the ridge is pleasantly firm and I made superb time over to South. Afformentioned sticks of butter made the descent of South thrilling. I stangely wanted a cigarette when all was said and done, and I havent ever smoked in my life. That thrilling. Several opportunities where I again, like Cannon a few weeks ago, just threw my hands up and yelled "JOE DODGE TAKE THE WHEEL!" I did get a really good boot ski run in down low and finally found the skidder road to give Juno (South South Hancock) a go in the summer. You absolutely need traction on this pair! Snowshoes did go for a ride today  
Name: The Teal Goat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-04-25 
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