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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Hancock, South Hancock, NH
Trails
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 13, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Hancock Overlook just above the trailhead at the hairpin turn on NH 112. This lot is paved and plowed. There is parking for about 15 cars. There is also a pavilion and kiosk with excellent signage. This would have probably been pretty if the clouds weren’t in your face... 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings are open with increased water levels. Exposed rocks were covered in ice making crossings, interesting. I was able to get across, with no trekking poles, and dry feet by choosing my route carefully. Once you pick your route, commit and go. Hesitation ends up in wet feet... 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are very few blowdowns, none of which obscure the trail. There are 3 yellow blazes on Hancock Notch Trail. Cedar Brook had more frequent, consistent yellow blazing. Very few yellow blazes on Hancock Loop Trail. All signs are in place, are legible, and far above the low snow pack. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One little dog out enjoying the mellow trails before the steep stuff. 
Bugs
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Microspike on the sign at the start of Hancock Notch Trail. 
 
Comments
Comments: Route:
Hancock Notch > Cedar Brook > Hancock Loop to the North peak then the South peak > Cedar Brook > Hancock Notch

As an avid, no, fanatic snowshoer, I tried snowshoes at the start of this hike. Total fail. This trail was hard packed from the freezing temps and litany of foot traffic over the weekend. I donned the microspikes and never took them off. This is apparently a popular trail and well travelled making for a quick hike in spikes.

Unfortunately, non-snowshoe fanatics traversed the trail in the warmer temps over the weekend. This made for posthole bombing everywhere. Most notably the section between the peaks (Hancock Loop) was an ankle-twisting nightmare.

Ice proved to be of little limitation. The sections of pure ice were short (2-3 feet long) and simple to ascend/descend in traction. If temps warm again, please wear snowshoes to smooth out the trail. Thanks!  
Name
Name: Remington34 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-13 
Link
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