|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Hancock, North Hancock, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 5, 2023|
|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. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All bridged |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||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.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.