Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Hitchcock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, March 30, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car in the Hancock Notch Trailhead this AM 
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: Several closer to the Hancock Notch Trailhead remain bridged, those more toward Cedar Brook Trail are open and crossed on rocks or just walk through the shallow water 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few leaners out on Cedar Brook Trail, nothing major 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: 2-3" fresh powder on Hancock Notch Trail out to Hancock Loop Trail, got somewhat packed from my snowshoes while much more is being blown down from high in the canopy. My snowshoe tracks were basically wiped out and completely drifted over on my trek out.

Broke trail while old ski tracks were just barely visible on Cedar Brook Trail to the height-of-land. Departed westerly and hooked onto the N/S summit ridge of East Hitchcock from there.
4-6" fresh powder, maybe more on CBT and off-trail while the snowpack is probably 3-4' in most places in the backcountry. Mostly open woods, some scrappy tight spruce along the summit ridge. Hit one patch of snow laden young fir branches shortly into the bushwhack, since the branches were clear and spruce traps were already punched through, took the same route out.

Windy yet blue sky day in the hills.

Feel free to catch a more in-depth write up at the link below. Enjoy!
Happy Climbing!
Name: Erik Hamilton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-30 
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