Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Hancock, North Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car in lot on arrival and leaving. Lot is clear and has plenty of room  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were low and easily rock hopped 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One to duck under on Hancock Notch Tr 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Second time to Hancocks in 3 days (April and May)and conditions were very different. Two of us went to the Loop Tr before putting on traction. Up to this point the snow/ice was avoidable or easy to negotiate. At Loop we went counterclockwise up South and over to North. Hillsound Pros for all of us for ascent. Snow was mostly packed with a loose coating which the Pros could get through easily. Ice (lots) was soft and easy to climb. At the ridge two switched to Hillsound Trails and stayed in them until below the junction of Cedar Brook/Hancock Notch. Ridge was a solid snowpack and easy to negotiate. The descent from North was either bare ground/rock or long patches of ice. Ice was soft but it was a taxing descent. We saw one other in micros and she was moving fast. As far as direction for ascending/descending, it is a bit of a pick your poison choice. South will keep the snow/ice much longer than North when the sun returns.  
Name: KRobi 
E-Mail: robisho at comcast dot net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-03 
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