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: Monday, February 5, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The (mostly-plowed) parking lot at the trailhead, at the hair-pin curve of the Kancamagus, was quite full when I arrived at 9:30am. But as soon as I pulled in, a big group of tourists departed, leaving one car. I saw foot- and snow-shoe prints ahead of me all day. That car was gone, and lot empty, upon my return at 3:30pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A few, but easily crossed without any concerns. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blow-downs up between Hancock and South Hancock, duck-under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Nil. 
Bugs: Nil. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nil. 
Comments: Hancock Notch and Cedar Brook were both super-highways: thanks to folks who went up with snowshoes over the weekend! Just perfect, bare-booting without any concern for post-holing. Snowshoes went on at the beginning of the loop, which I did counter-clockwise: steeply up to Hancock then over to Middle and South. Gorgeous, blue-sky day, great 360-degree views but cold and windy at the top. Steep down from there, with snow-shoes holding firm, except for a couple of fun slides. The foot- and snow-shoe prints ahead of me also went clock-wise, so didn't see anybody all day. A great day was had in the White Mountains.  
Name: Mark 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-06 
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