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: Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hancock Overlook lot was plowed, but there is a large berm to climb over to reach the kiosk. Bathrooms in Lincoln Woods.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not fully bridged, but getting there. The two biggest were easily crossed using partial ice bridges and rocks.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of leaners on the loop, most of which were duck/crawl under. I think Cedar Brook was clear. One bushy blowdown on Hancock Notch that people are walking around (but it isn’t too far off the actual trail).  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Ugh, the trail is not in great shape. It was obviously broken by non-snowshoers and subsequently refrozen so the trough is too narrow for snowshoes. Could have used them climbing North and along the ridge, but we stuck to Hillsounds. Switched to full crampons to descend South and I was very happy about it. Spikes would have worked, too, but I had the crampons and find them easier on the steep descents. One hiker had tried to fix the trail with snowshoes, but gave up due to the narrow trough. The stable section is literally the width of a boot for much of the trail so there’s lots of post holes. Very frustrating and mentally draining.  
Name: WanderingSoules 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-12-27 
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