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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: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking on a weekday  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Lots of fun crossings on these trails. Water is low so plenty of rocks to hop on. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Hancock Loop is in the running for worst eroded trail in NH. Since the trail ups to the summits are the drainage ditches I'm not sure how drainage could be changed.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Met Olly working his 4Ks. Awesome little guy having a great day. 
Bugs
Bugs: Enough wind to keep 'em mostly away.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
 
Comments
Comments: Beautiful day to be out on the trails, thank goodness for a rare Tuesday hike. Set out on this lollipop trail to check it out from south to north; counter to the first time I hiked it north to south. Hancock Notch Trail & Cedar Brook Trail were a nice, easy warmup. Heading up to South Summit was, as expected, a slow heart pounding slog. View from South Summits lookout was well worth the effort. The trail between the summits is a gift from the mountain gods, a peaceful forest with the sound of wind thru the trees. Then the downhill begins, knees, ankles, scree, loose rock, an unrelenting downhill. I thought I'd come out of today with a preference for one direction or the other, and I really cannot say which way is better.  
Name
Name: Towanda 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-26 
Link
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