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: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Thet trunk of a freshly fallen birch tree is across the Hancock Notch trail, at about waist height. It was a bit too large to remove with my smallish folding saw--requires a saw large enough to cut through about an 9" trunk. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Cloudy, but nice, low wind day for the Hancocks, although a bit too warm for comfort for me. Spikes worked well until the steeps of Hancock Loop. I put on HHP crampons at the beginning of the ascent of N.Hancock, and left them on for the remainder of the hike. Others in our group of four used spikes except for the descent of S.Hancock, for which they put on crampons (definitely safer than using spikes, but some folks behind us did come down in spikes without issue). Sections of the trail up on the ridge could use some chop smoothing snowshoe packing, but unlike some previous winter hikes of the Hancocks, snowshoes would not have been a good choice for ascent on this hike, as it was too bony with rock, ice and roots. Crossed paths with a fellow on the ridge who had come up S.Hancock barebooted, and apparently was going to do the whole hike without traction.  
Name: RonK 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-13 
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