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: Friday, May 6, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossable today with care - warm temps the next few days could change that. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Stepover about 1/10th mile from trailhead. Duck under (I’m 5’1”) about 1.5 miles from trailhead. A stepover between the water crossing after the loop junction and the loop. All pretty skinny trunks, 4-8”.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one happy friendly one. 
Bugs: Couple of black flies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found sunglasses about 1/10th before the loop split - put them on a tree. Forgot to check if they were gone on way out. Found - an empty peanut M&M bag on the north loop - packed it out. :-) 
Comments: Bare ground first mile or so then a mix of white ice, running water on trail, and mud. After the last wide-ish water crossing at the beginning of Hancock Loop trail it becomes consistent white ice, slippery snow over white ice, and ice flows with some running water here and there. North loop was about 90% white ice with some ice flows. South loop was all super slippery snow over white ice and many ice flows. Today’s temps made the ice flows sticky on top with good bite using aggressive spikes or crampons. If you are skittish about slippery snow and ice on the steeps and/or only have beater spikes, full crampons will not be overkill for South. North loop had decent footing due to some spots where rocks and roots were exposed. South loop had no breaks at all from the slippery slushy snow and ice flows. Pick your poison for traction and your loop direction.  
Name: thegingerhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-06 
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