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Mt. Huntington, Mt. Huntington (South Peak)
Lincoln, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Hancock Notch Trail
Looking up the Hancock Notch Trail

Route: Hancock Notch Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Huntington), bushwhack, (South Huntington), bushwhack, Hancock Notch Trail

With limited time and ideal bushwhacking conditions, I decided to give the Huntingtons a try.

To start, the Hancock Notch Trail was smooth sailing up to the Cedar Brook Trail junction. Thereafter, there had been no recent use of the trail, so trailfinding was added to the mix. After heading through some ups and downs, the open slopes of Mt. Huntington neared. Once close to height of land, I headed slightly downhill into the notch, then up an increasingly steep slope. While I had intended to head over to the open talus fields, there was about a foot of unconsolidated snow on top of a crust, which made me a bit uneasy about open steeps. Instead, I headed uphill to a shelf, then worked my way around somewhat open woods to the recognized highpoint. Thanks to the snowpack, there were decent views of South Huntington and points south.

After briefly checking out potentially higher ground, I headed back downhill a bit, then cut along the side of the peak toward the col, as to avoid a brief steep, sprucy area adjacent to the highpoint.

The woods in between the peaks alternated between brief somewhat thick areas of spruce to open woods. Thanks to the firm snowpack, I was able to avoid spruce traps.

The wooded recognized highpoint of South Huntington feature little in way of views. While it was tempting to perhaps look around for some sort of vista downhill, the woods weren't quite inviting enough, nor did I have enough time. Instead, I followed my tracks back to the side of Mt. Huntington, then dropped down to a good, snowpack enhanced view into Hancock Notch. From there, I headed back to my uphill tracks and dropped back into the notch.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Huntington
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Huntington (South Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Parking Elevation: 2,140'
Destination: Mt. Huntington
Time Elapsed: 02:15
Trailhead Elevation: 2,140'
Summit Elevation: 3,700'
Vertical Gain: 1,740'
Destination: Mt. Huntington (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700'
Summit Elevation: 3,700'
Vertical Gain: 200'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:59
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,320'


The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead
The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead

The Hancocks and Mt. Carrigain as seen from near the summit of Mt. Huntington - Click to enlarge
The Hancocks and Mt. Carrigain as seen from near the summit of Mt. Huntington

Deep snowpack and open woods between the peaks
Deep snowpack and open woods between the peaks

A lack of views from South Huntington - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from South Huntington




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 west from Route 16. After going over the pass, continue down hill a bit. The Hancock WMNF fee parking area will be on the left, just before a hairpin turn.

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Back to Mt. Huntington (South Peak) Profile




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