Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Juno Peak, South Hancock, North Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 23, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Two cars in the lot at 5am 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: From a spot on the Hancock Loop Trail shortly past its junction with the Cedar Brook Trail, I bushwhacked east and ascended to Juno Peak, finding mostly thick woods until I reached the ridge. My original plan was to hike Juno from Hancock Notch via the cliffs overlooking the notch, but I decided to save that idea for another day. Once at the summit, I set off to find an east-facing ledge that I knew would provide a nice view towards Mt. Hancock’s glacial cirques; after 30 minutes of searching, I reached the ledge and was rewarded with a great vista of Hancock’s southern ridges, with Mt. Carrigain visible in the distance. From here I returned to the summit and began the bushwhack to South Hancock, traveling first through closely-spaced conifers, then through dense understory, and finally up through some steep cliff bands at 4,000ft.

Following the Hancock Loop Trail towards North Hancock, I then left the trail and descended to a north-facing slide overlooking the valley of the west fork of the Carrigain Branch. From the slide, I was able to spot a remarkable ledge on a small 2800-foot knob at the start of the valley; further investigation is needed to see what potential views can be had.

The return to the trail was uneventful, and I headed over to North Hancock to finish the loop; on the return trip, I encountered muddy sections of trail and many slippery rocks.

Photos from this trip are posted on my Flickr page (link below)  
Name: timbercamp 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-07-23 
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