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: Monday, April 10, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: It was Monday. No issues. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not a problem, take your time. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of hobbling branches. Advise sunglasses and a baseball cap to protect your head. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We did North to South. Beautiful, sunny day. Warm (in the 40's/50's) so soft surface conditions. Spikes all the way but snowshoes might have worked. Hard to say because after the loop, the North peak trail is VERY steep and with soft snow, snowshoes, even with televators, might have had a hard time getting and keeping a good bite. We pretty much jogged on the flats but slowed WAY down on the climb leveraging many of the postholes as steps so we could continue to advance upwards. Trail markings from North to Middle & South were fairly non-existent and following footprints wasn't reliable-- we ended up bushwhacking several times to reacquire the trail. Descent down South Hancock was pretty steep for about 30 minutes. Tried some butt sliding but don't advise due to the steepness of the trail. The trail never flattens so once you pick up speed, your only option is to run into a tree. AllTrails clocked us in at 9.9 miles, 5 hours, 29 min./mile. We had a nice lunch at the top. Started at 9:30, ended at 4 so 6.5 hours for us.  
Name: Tom 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-10 
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