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: Friday, November 10, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 5 spots left when I arrived at 9:15am, about the same when I left. Lot had an inch of semi-frozen non slippery slush easily navigated. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy rock hops. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This may be the best hike in the Whites for a dog...mine loves it and she checked off all 4 seasons today...although didn't see any other pooches. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Initial plan had been Carrigain, but with the wind forecast we called an a audible...My dog and I checked off Hancocks for all 4 seasons and this was probably the best conditions we've had. 1-3" of snow was very grippy and I thought easier/better grip than the loose scree on the steep climb up to N. Hancock and down from S. Hancock you get in the summer. Any ice was covered by the wet snow which adhered to it enough that was not slippery...there were literally no times where care was needed to avoid ice. At no point was I remotely considering micro spikes, (but there was just about enough snow that if you had them on you wouldn't have done too much dulling on the rocks) but with all the wet now, if temps drop below freezing things could change in a hurry. You'll still want them in your pack. Did the loop CW and quite a few people coming CCW had skipped the view on S. Hancock based on the's only about a 50' spur and IMO is well worth it.  
Name: Borealis 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-11-10 
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