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, June 27, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Several open spots at 7:00AM. There were some spots available at 1:30PM. Tourists use this lot as an overview. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Both crossings of the North Fork of the Hancock Branch were easy on rocks. Water levels low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in generally good condition. There is some erosion on the steep sections of both the North Link and South Link portions of the Hancock Loop Trail. Trail work has prevented erosion in other parts of the trail. The bog bridges on the Ridge Link section of the Hancock Loop Trail have eliminated the side trails that had existed to avoid the perpetual mud pits. The sign at the junction of the Cedar Brook Trail and the Hancock Loop Trail has been relocated to the left side of the Cedar Brook Trail on approach coming up from the Hancock Notch Trail. A couple of small blow downs on the North Link of the Hancock Loop Trail that are easy to step over. There are other tree falls that were cut out. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs except there is little water above the junction on the Hancock Loop Trail. 
Bugs: Very few 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice short hike on a very hot day. The walk from the parking to the junction on the Hancock Loop Trail is relatively easy. The ascent to and descent from the ridge requires more effort. The ridge walk is pleasant with one small intermediate hump (Middle Hancock). Some views from both peaks and at some blow down areas on the ridge. Today's clouds limited the views to the higher summits.
Lots of hikers going in both directions on the loop. I find the descent of South Hancock tedious as it requires careful foot placement since there are many loose rocks (these may be for erosion control).  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-27 
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