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: Sunday, March 5, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The trailhead is plowed, but the snowbanks take up a lot of spaces. Probably 15 spaces available, more if people park efficiently. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A tough hike with the fresh snow. About 8" at the start, ~15" at the top (Loon reported 17"), either way, a lot! I was the "moose than man" the Teal Goat mentioned and broke trail from the car, up South Hancock and across the ridge to North Hancock. Up until the north/south split the trail breaking was reasonable, other than stopping every 5 seconds to knock snow off trees before it got dumped on my head! At the split the hike really started and my pace slowed to a crawl. Climbing up South peak the previous track was fully drifted in with knee deep powder and was extremely tough. I was considering calling it quits at the summit, due to a time constraint, when The Teal Goat and crew caught up with me. After chatting with them a bit (it's nice to be able to put a face to the trail reports!), I decided to go for North, knowing that there would be help breaking trail if I got tired. The ridge was slightly less deep and more consolidated, making it much easier than the climb. From North Hancock it was a quick exit, with the trail from the split to the trailhead being well packed from traffic. 5'ish hours to North Hancock and 1:15 out, that's winter hiking for you!

Despite a decent amount of traffic today, the trails are still soft and snowshoes are definitely needed.  
Name: Ben 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-05 
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