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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.
Looking down the Hancock Loop Trail
Looking down 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

Needing to stretch my legs on a cold, windy day, I decided to head over to the Hancocks.

The flats went by fairly quickly - while I could have barebooted on the firm surface (with an inch of powder on top), I opted to wear my snowshoes. While the crossings on the Hancock Notch Trail were open (but low), the Cedar Brook Trail crossings were all ice bridged.

The wind started to howl as I reached the steeps. It tended to be overhead, though, sparing me from direct gusts. Reaching the summit of the north peak, the views were quite strong - the ski trails on Gunstock were easily seen.

The area between the peaks was a bit drifted, especially as we neared south peak. Prior to the summit, we had nice views of the Franconia Ridge. In addition, we had clear views from the near-summit vista of Chocorua and points east.

The descent went fairly smoothly, as our snowshoes provided adequate traction. Back on the flats, the temperatures were a bit more reasonable. We ended up reaching the parking lot just after sunset.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Hike Commenced: 11:55 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,140'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:55 AM
Summit Reached: 2:07 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:12
Trailhead Elevation: 2,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,420'
Vertical Gain: 2,470'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 2:14 PM
Summit Reached: 3:09 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 4,420'
Summit Elevation: 4,319'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 534'
Hike Ended: 5:17 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:22
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,154'


The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead
The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead

Mt. Passaconaway through Mt. Osceola, as seen from the North Hancock viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Mt. Passaconaway through Mt. Osceola, as seen from the North Hancock viewpoint

The Hancock Loop Trail between the peaks
The Hancock Loop Trail between the peaks

The Mt. Chocorua as seen from near the South Hancock summit - Click to enlarge
The Mt. Chocorua as seen from near the South Hancock summit




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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