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: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Arrived at 11:00- parked on the road (as expected) Lot half empty when we returned at 3:30 (lot is full of snow- has about a 9 car capacity) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The larger crossings are well bridged, a couple smaller crossings are easily rock hop-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blowdowns with a unique one on the trail to the North Peak- it's a 3 tree in one climb over which could be interesting when things melt 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Just ours and she was thrilled 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a bag of snacks while descending South peak. Packed it out.  
Comments: Temps and weather super today (40 on the summit. So much for the mountain forecast prediction of a high of 18!) Snowshoes top to bottom, wear them and enjoy them. I don't want to disrespect people's choices to bare boot but I'm sick of walking behind you, so there's that :-)
The trail between peaks is full to the BRIM with snow- blazes are at foot level if you see them at all, it's really amazing! And it is also drifted and soft.
Coming down South Peak was the typical winter challenge, in unconsolidated warm day snow. We joined another hiker and the 3 of us slipped our way down, while our dog did sprints having the time of her life. It's not an easy stretch and we all struggled to remain upright but, in the end, made short work of it and had a few laughs.
More snow coming this week so no end of winter in sight- pack and dress like it is deep winter conditions, because it is!  
Name: Sara 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-11 
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