|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Crystal Ravine, Northwest Hancock, NH|
||Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Wilderness Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, September 2, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
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|Lost and Found:
||Saturday’s bushwhack brought me to Mt. Hancock’s Crystal Ravine, where I ascended the NE ridge of Northwest Hancock. This ridge is best known for its prominent eastern-facing cliffs which overlook Crystal Ravine. |
Starting from the Hancock Overlook, I hiked on trails for four hours and left the Wilderness Trail about 0.3 miles west of Crystal Brook, slabbing across a 2400 ft. contour and then descending into the basin. The woods at the base of the NE ridge were very open and the slope was gradual, but I soon encountered progressively thicker woods and had to make a few bypasses on the west side of the ridge. The first ledge I visited was at 3150 ft., where I was rewarded with a stunning view of the valley below and a first look at the cliffs further up the ridge.
I continued the ascent and made a few more forays to the cliffs in search of more ledges, but I was turned back by excessive steepness; finally at around 3800 ft. I came across an open ledge which looked directly over to a large slide in the ravine. After a long break at this spot, I proceeded to NW Hancock’s summit and then followed its ridge SE, dropping down to the Cedar Brook Slide for the descent. A short bushwhack brought me back to the Cedar Brook Trail, which had only a few blowdowns and muddy sections.
Another brilliant day in the Hancocks — photos from this trip have been posted to my Flickr page (link below).
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