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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Huntington, Mt. Huntington (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 Notch Trail
Looking up the Hancock Notch Trail

Route: Hancock Notch Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Huntington), bushwhack, (South Huntington), bushwhack, Hancock Notch Trail

Hancock Notch Trail from the highway to the Cedar Brook Trail junction (ie the portion you hike when doing the Hancocks) was well packed for bareboot traffic. Occasional open mudpit areas. I snowshoed on the way in, but opted to boot on the way out.

Beyond the junction, it appears there had been some traffic at some point this month, but snowshoes were a must, especially as the snow softened later in the day. Snow depths of probably 1-2 feet.

Just prior to reaching the height of land, we descended from the trail in open woods, then ascended Huntington, initially in okay woods, but then in some rubbish (worsened by the morning rain that lasted a lot longer than the forecast had suggested yesterday). We stayed west of the talus slope, but eventually hooked around it and to the summit. Snowpack generally ranging 1-2 feet. Much easier a few Aprils ago in deep snowpack.

Heading to south, we went north a little bit to skirt some cliffy steeps, but ended up in thicker spruce. On the return trip, we went directly up the steeps to stay out of the wet, thick junk. Eventually, though, there is a nice stand of mature trees in the col, which was welcome in the Chappaquiddick bushwhacking conditions. A little thicker nearing the summit of South Huntington (again, much easier in deeper snowpack).

Above maybe 3,200 feet, the snowpack was generally firm enough to allow snowshoe flotation. As the day progressed, the snowpack below that was softening into a spring snow.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Parking Elevation: 2,140'
Destination: Mt. Huntington
Time Elapsed: 02:27
Trailhead Elevation: 2,140'
Summit Elevation: 3,700'
Vertical Gain: 1,740'
Destination: Mt. Huntington (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700'
Summit Elevation: 3,700'
Vertical Gain: 200'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,320'

The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead
The Hancock Notch Trail trailhead

The Moats as seen from near the summit of Mt. Huntington - Click to enlarge
The Moats as seen from near the summit of Mt. Huntington

An area of open woods between the peaks
An area of open woods between the peaks

A lack of views from South Huntington - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from South Huntington

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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