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: Sunday, May 28, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 7am 2-4 spaces open in pullout lot. By 12pm, lot was full and line of parked cars on Kancamangus side. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels are low and all were fine with dry rock hops, one require one step on a well placed log. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Hancock notch trail has 4-6 medium birch blow downs, step overs. Going up north Hancock, there are two blow downs that require ducking under, but not hard. The trail between peaks and down south slide were fine 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only two out today. Lower trails with water would be fine for dogs. But up the slide and between the peaks is a bit hot. There are some muck holes for water, but not great. 
Bugs: Incredible, only one black fly at the north peak look out. That was it. I almost converted my pants to shorts with the zip offs, hardly ever do that, especially in May. Didn’t even use the deet. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Oddly there was a battery powered skill saw by the road where trail starts. 
Comments: Trail conditions were very good today. Wore my water proof boots, short gaiters and had micro spikes, as I was not sure what the top trails would be like. But trail runners would be fine. I went clock wise and up north slide first. North slide was mostly dry with traction likely as good as it gets. Trail was clear of snow and ice until just after the steep climb near summit. Then some soft monorail, but easy to avoid. Trail between the peaks starts off looking real bad, but the first bit of snow peters out fast, then comes and goes with perfect dry trail mixed with patches of snow, ice, mono rail. The worst was easy to straddle with one foot on each side, but came up at least two feet in middle. The south slide has more snow and ice on it. But nothing that really slowed me down or made me consider putting on the micro spikes. Didn’t need the micro spikes, and the boots only helped a bit of laziness in some wet sections with seepage flowing on the trail.  
Name: Geoff 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-28 
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