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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: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: First car in the lot at the hairpin turn, a handful on my return. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable, but higher up crossings had ice covered rocks making it a bit tricky. Just watch your steps carefully. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two blow downs, one near the beginning easily walk under. Another blow down on the traverse between the peaks that you can step over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No issues, trails in good shape for pups.  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Trail had all conditions today. At the bottom mostly dry, then nearing Cedar Brook occasional ice/black ice/frozen mud. Cascade brook had more icy spots, I used yak trax so as not to destroy my spikes. They worked well, I did break a spring though because there are a lot of exposed rocks. Just before the loop trail junction I put on the spikes, it was rocky and probably would have been ok on yak trax, but could move quicker in the spikes. I went clockwise, definitely needed the spikes on the ascent, although again there was significant exposed rock, but also a light coating of snow that covered any ice so it was easier to have the spikes on and just avoid the rocks best I could. The travers across the ridge between the peaks was gorgeous! Light snow cover covered up the rocks just enough and made walking easier. The descent off South peak was sketchy in spots, with more ice then the north side IMO, just had to move slow. Great day out today. Only saw one other group.  
Name
Name: Sarah 
E-Mail
E-Mail: sarahbobiak@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-11-23 
Link
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