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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Hancock - East Peak, Carrigain Pond, NH
Trails
Trails: FR34, FR86, FR86A, bushwhack, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At Sawyer Pond Trail TH (Sawyer River Road), I got one of the last remaining spots at 5:30AM; lot was overflowing on return 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: From the end of FR86, I ascended the SE ridge of “East Hancock”, with the goal of finding a viewpoint which looks over to Mt. Carrigain. Woods were very bad on the approach, but they opened up nicely on the ridgecrest. To reach the viewpoint (a vertical cliff), I descended the steep E side of the ridge through spruce thickets, eventually popping out right above the cliff at 3,220ft. From here there is possibly the best close-up view of Carrigain, with the cliffs of The Captain featured prominently on the side. After regaining the ridge, I ascended to the summit of East Peak and then whacked down to the Captain-Hancock col; woods on this descent were fairly dense, with lots of boulders and moss-covered holes. Once in the col, the trip to Carrigain Pond took about 30 minutes through partially open woods; I then re-traced my steps and started the final descent on the W side of The Captain. I was lucky to find a dry brookbed, mostly free of blowdowns, which provided a nice corridor through the horrible woods on either side. At ca. 2900 ft, I reached a huge granite slab (slide?), from which there were incredible panoramic views of the valley below. A short bushwhack then led to the rock climber’s path, which I followed all the way back down to the road network.  
Name
Name: timbercamp 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-12 
Link
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