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: Friday, May 19, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hancock Overlook. No bathrooms. Noticed a trail cam mounted 15-20' up near the entrance to the trail. Not sure who placed it or if it's to deter thieves or overnight campers. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all easily rock hopped, one we used a helpful log 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: the loop trail has many blowdowns 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw one on, seemed to manage fine 
Bugs: enough wind that they weren't a problem 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We went up the Arrow Slide and took the left fork, so I can't speak to the climb up to North Hancock on the loop trail. No snow on the slide or the top of the bushwhack which drops you off at the viewpoint. We donned spikes to climb from the view to the summit of North and then kept them on over to South and most of the way down South. There is still a lot of snow on the ridge. The monorail is fairly thick (almost two shoe widths most places). As it warms up in the afternoon, the top layer becomes slippery slush. Poles are definitely helpful. Coming down South there were many places where the trail had steps in the snow, which was a great help. Looking forward to the spring conditions ending. Saw a few groups of underprepared hikers. One set halfway across the ridge with no traction, shorts and tank tops. Another older couple with no traction and no real idea of what the hike entailed. We talked to them at the first water crossing and I think they probably turned around before getting up into the snow (hopefully).  
Name: WanderingSoules  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-19 
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