|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Hancock, South Hancock, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, September 13, 2011|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||all of the water crossings were a different experience with once wide and shallow brook beds now narrower with deeper channels. lots of sand pushed up around the crossings and washed down the trails in their vicinity. not a problem to cross any of them.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||see comments. |
|Lost and Found:
||all trails showing some degree of erosion damage from the recent storm. none of it is catastrophic, but certainly noticable if familiar with the area. some washouts on hancock notch trail. the backfilled log steps at the first crossing had the lower one washed out. at one section close to the river the north fork wiped out a good chunk of stream bank creating a more open view down to the river.|
cedar brook trail has larger washouts and it is evident that lots of water ran down it in sections. where the was once mud there are now standing pools of water. some of the bog bridges have been moved with one completely flipped over.
hancock loop trail has significant erosion with a couple washouts. the lower part of the north loop was pretty damaged, but got better with elevaton. the ridge was in nice shape and the south branch of the loop was its usual rough self with a bit of extra erosion thrown in. there are some large blowdowns easily climbed over along the route that were too big for the saw i had today.
with the kanc re opened it seemed like a good day to loop the hancocks and scope out the conditions on hancock notch trail. overall i was pleased with the way all the trails held up. there was clearly lots of water flowing through that area.
i hope to get back out late this year and early next year to work on the washouts on hancock notch trail. repaired some drainage and nipped blowdowns today. a few big trees left to remove. nice day in the woods.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.