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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 Cedar Brook Trail
The Cedar Brook 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

Hancock Notch Trail was well packed out, but probably a bit awkward in bareboots due to bareboot damage. Okay going in snowshoes though. Cedar Brook Trail was also well packed out.

Hancock Loop steeps had a few minor blue ice and frozen granular patches that could be tackled or avoided whilst wearing snowshoes. Buttsliders could make this worse though.

Between the peaks, there was significant drifting, just from last night alone. Fresh drifts of 2 feet. There was one other snowshoer out, but I suspect barebooters will be the last through, which may make this a mess with the warming temperatures.

I wore my snowshoes roundtrip and never thought about taking them off. Snowpack in the woods is 2 to 3 feet. 4,000 footers in winter with snow...snowshoes!

No sign of activity heading beyond the normal route on Hancock Notch or Cedar Brook. Arrow Slide looks very icy right now.

Better weather than forecasted, as the sun poked out for an hour or two.


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: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 24, 2016
Parking Elevation: 2,140'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 01:40
Trailhead Elevation: 2,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,420'
Vertical Gain: 2,480'
Destination: Mt. Hancock (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 4,420'
Summit Elevation: 4,319'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 534'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:25
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,174'


The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead
The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead

Looking at the Osceolas from the North Hancock viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Osceolas from the North Hancock viewpoint

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

Looking toward Bartlett from the South Hancock viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Bartlett from the South Hancock viewpoint

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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