|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Juno Peak, South Hancock, North Hancock, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, July 23, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Two cars in the lot at 5am |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||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)
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.