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: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot 1/4 full @4pm 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Several nice, well bridged crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lotta leaners to clean up on both Cedar Brook and Hancock Loop Trails, some nasty annoying duck unders on the steeps heading up North Hancock and the ridge is just begging for getting brushed out. Might as well finish the job of with some fresh blazes 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Some guy lost his snowshoes halfway up/down South Hancock, I placed them against a tree outta the trail 
Comments: Wow, today was perfect with that delightful spring combo of great weather and packed trails. Spikes to 3000' then snowshoes across the summit and back to 3000' then spikes to the car. Well packed but somewhat easy to slide off the edges and posthole if not careful and some divoting approaching the loop junction. North peak has a lot of annoyingly soft snow and patches medium depth postholes on the sides along with several low blowdowns waiting to murder unsuspecting hikers but mostly decently packed snow. The ridge is stabby and has a lotta leaning blowdowns and some meanderings in the blowdown patches. Despite Luigi and his friend postholio trying out for the Jamaican bobsled team on the descent down South Hancock, it was not obnoxiously luge track and was able to stroll down in my snowshoes. The next few days look wicked messy so these perfect conditions are unlikely to persist long and snowshoes are/will be essential to enjoyable travel up on the ridges  
Name: Heat Lightning 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-22 
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