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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

Though it was raining, I wanted to get some exercise. Thus, I took my chances with nasty, wet trail and headed to the Hancocks.

The Cedar Brook Trail crossings were surprisingly easily done - certainly a lot better than with spring run off. The Hancock Loop between the peaks was particularly nasty - already muddy in dry weather, it was a nasty swamp in the rain.

Nonetheless, even without any views from the peaks due to the weather, the foliage down low made things somewhat scenic.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Hike Commenced: 12:56 PM
Parking Elevation: 2,140'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 12:57 PM
Summit Reached: 2:55 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:58
Trailhead Elevation: 2,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,420'
Vertical Gain: 2,470'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 2:56 PM
Summit Reached: 3:34 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 4,420'
Summit Elevation: 4,319'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 534'
Hike Ended: 5:34 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,154'


The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead
The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead

Cloud as seen from Mt. Hancock's North Peak viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Cloud as seen from Mt. Hancock's North Peak viewpoint

The wet Hancock Loop Trail
The wet Hancock Loop Trail

Cloud as seen from near Mt. Hancock's South Peak - Click to enlarge
Cloud as seen from 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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