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Mt. Hancock (North Peak), Mt. Hancock (South Peak)
Lincoln, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The lower portion of the Hancock Loop Trail
The lower portion of the Hancock Loop Trail

Route: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail, (Mt. Hancock North Peak), Hancock Loop Trail, (Mt. Hancock South Peak), Hancock Loop Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Notch Trail

With blue skies departing, I decided to race the bad weather up the Hancocks and back. While it was sunny at the beginning of the hike, things darkened as I reached the loop split. Though the trails up to this point were a bit muddy in places (shocking!), the water crossings were pretty easily done.

Reaching the summit of North Hancock, I had some views from the outlook of incoming darker clouds.

As I worked my way over to the south peak, light rain started. Reaching the south outlook, I had vague views of the eastern Sandwich Range.

Fortunately the rain ceased as I descended - though this did bring out the mosquitoes a bit. Nonetheless, I made it back to the parking area without hearing any thunder.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Hancock (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Hancock (South Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, July 17, 2009
Hike Commenced: 2:56 PM
Parking Elevation: 2,140'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 2:57 PM
Summit Reached: 4:51 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:56
Trailhead Elevation: 2,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,420'
Vertical Gain: 2,470'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 4:53 PM
Summit Reached: 5:25 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 4,420'
Summit Elevation: 4,319'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 534'
Hike Ended: 7:22 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:26
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,154'


The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead
The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead

Flowers near the parking lot
Flowers near the parking lot

The Osceolas and Scar Ridge as seen from Mt. Hancock's North Peak viewpoint - Click to enlarge
The Osceolas and Scar Ridge as seen from Mt. Hancock's North Peak viewpoint

Looking down the Hancock Loop Trail with Mt. Hancock's Middle Peak in the distance
Looking down the Hancock Loop Trail with Mt. Hancock's Middle Peak in the distance

Looking at the eastern Sandwich Range from the viewpoint near Mt. Hancock's South Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at the eastern Sandwich Range from the viewpoint near Mt. Hancock's South Peak




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.

Back to Mt. Hancock (North Peak) Profile
Back to Mt. Hancock (South Peak) Profile




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