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: Friday, January 27, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking lot is not plowed. There was one large truck stuck at the entrance and required shoveling and patience to extricate. We parked on the road. There's room for about 6 average size cars. The lot is able to be accessed if coming from the east as you have momentum and a clearer track to get into the lot (2 cars managed that). The ranger at Lincoln Woods said that their one plow is out for repairs. Yes, they only own one plow! Lincoln Woods was contracted to be plowed due to its popularity. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No snow bridges but easily rock hop-able.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are some large blow downs along the ridge and descending from North Hancock. Most are duckable & one has walk around herd path. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Eva had a blast. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Many thanks to Wednesday's hikers who broke trail for us. There were about 10 hikers out Friday so hike is fairly well packed but it's soft-packed so snowshoes all the way. The trails were soft packed over good base at lower elevations. There were some areas of soft, unpacked snow along the ridge. We went counter-clockwise on Hancock Loop Trail, all others went clockwise. NO ICE (yay!) anywhere, which made the ascent up S. Hancock & descent of N Hancock much easier than usual. However, we did lose our footing twice while descending & ended up unintentionally butt-sliding. No worries, a couple from the Adirondacks were going up as we came down so footing should be good.  
Name: Elizabeth 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-28 
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