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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks South Hancock, Juno Peak (South South Hancock), NH
Trails
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, Bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 6, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Even with a late start [1230] we where able to secure a spot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings where fine 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One blowdown along the trailed portion, I think cedar brook. A step over birch. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Several doggoes out 
Bugs
Bugs: Thankfully none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Most of the epidermis on my arms 
 
Comments
Comments: A special thanks to Zachary for posting his trip report here from last August. I will admit this one has been on my list to do for quite some time. Having orphaned South Hancock while doing North/Northwest in August, this was the perfect opportunity. Especially since I found a bump Nordic_Gal had not been on yet - a true rarity. This one is sometimes called South South Hancock, or as Guy Waterman dubbed, "Juno." (I don't know why its named as such, would love to know) We summited South in short order and with little trouble. I would like to note Z seems to have mixed up his directions in his post - he mentions Northwest off South, it should be south west. We followed a bootleg trail that has had some significant axe and saw work past the campsite for about 50-100 yards before it ends at a diving board rock. From here, the fun began. As mentioned, we set a course in a general south west direction to parallel the ridge line to the col. We found a mixed bag of pencil and scrappy woods more or less to the col. The col however was a thing of beauty, a gorgeous stand of mature spruce. We came upon a moose yard in this section. From here we took a bearing of about 155 and again found scrappy, pencil woods. Nothing horrible, we where able to move quite well here. We came across a very old cairn in the area just after the col on the initial ascent. Did some homework on it and asked around, it seems it is likely a town line delineation (Steve Smith) as it is virtually on the Livermore/Lincoln line. The find of the day, for sure! We reached the recognized summit of Juno and signed in, not surprising only three entries in the last year. South Hancock to Juno: 1mph whacking - aka flying. From Juno, we took a bearing due west with the idea of hitting the Cedar Brook trail - somewhere. The woods however had other ideas for us. Typical Pemi woods. We ended up on the due west bearing to about 3250 when we both where starting to get burned out and the woods where a combo of pencil scrub & post holing moss. We found 'better' wood along this contour so we rode it +/-50 feet all the way to Hancock Loop trail instead. This section was about 0.5mph whacking. We did encounter a really fine birch glade along the way which was a welcomed sight and afforded us the ability to take more than 12 steps at a time without up and overs, crawling, or post holing. All in all a fine day for an after work vert. Out before sunset! The shower afterwards though, ohhh that was painful with all the skin i paid in tribute! :)  
Name
Name: The Teal Goat & Nordic_Gal 
E-Mail
E-Mail: sea2thebiscuit@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-07 
Link
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