Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Crystal Ravine, Northwest Hancock, NH
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Wilderness Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 2, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
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Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
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Water Crossing Notes
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Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
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Comments: 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).  
Name: timbercamp 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-02 
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