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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 up the Hancock Loop Trail
Looking up 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

Being that the Hancocks are an amazing destination in early spring, I headed to them on a nice, bluebird day. The trail was fairly smooth sailing, until we hit the steeps up North Hancock, where we hit sticky snow.

The views from North Hancock were superb, thanks to several feet of snow elevating us to the spruce treetops. After an extended stay on that summit, we headed over to South Hancock, from which we were able to get great views from a large drift just off trail.

The descent went fairly smooth, thanks in part to almost all of the water crossings still being snowbridged.


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: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, April 3, 2011
Parking Elevation: 2,140'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 02:52
Trailhead Elevation: 2,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,420'
Vertical Gain: 2,470'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 01:04
Trailhead Elevation: 4,420'
Summit Elevation: 4,319'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 534'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:14
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,154'


The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead
The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead

The Osceolas and Scar Ridge as seen from North Hancock - Click to enlarge
The Osceolas and Scar Ridge as seen from North Hancock

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

Looking at Mt. Washington and Mt. Carrigain near the summit of South Hancock - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington and Mt. Carrigain near the summit of South Hancock




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. Hancock (South Peak) Profile




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