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sredfernBreaking trail after a storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2013

sredfern

We hiked in from the Kanc on Saturday and camped off the Hancock loop trail about .5 miles below the start of the loop to hunker down during the storm. The trail was well broken in on Saturday and the folks coming down said it was fast and easy to do with just microspikes. It was comfortable sleeping weather though our 3-season tents were not up to the task of handling all that snow and we regularly had to knock the snow off during the night to give the poles a break. (:^D

Woke up Sunday morning to about 30F temp & 8" of fresh new powder and broke trail all the way to the north summit with drifts often up to our thighs even with snowshoes on. There was a bit more new snow at the summit and I'd estimate it was 10-12". I measured a temp of 12F at the summit at noon with minimal wind (<10MPH) so no significant wind chill in the protection of the scrub pines.

We had hoped to do the loop but the uphill trail breaking was hard slow work, my Scouts were tired, and we still had to get back to camp and break down to get back out before dark for the long drive back to CT.

Conditions were beautiful... it was overcast and snowing when we headed up but by the time we reached the summit it was clearing as the new weather systems started coming in bringing higher winds and much colder temps.
Posted Dec 31, 2013 8:16 am

andrew hemmerlingdone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2013

andrew hemmerling

Not much of a view, but peaceful.
Posted Sep 5, 2013 11:17 am

JRaphaelsonRoute Climbed: Hancock Trails  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2012

JRaphaelson

Enjoyable winter hike, got really cold on the top, but the views were great.
Posted Nov 25, 2012 6:58 pm

FlandersWet but serene  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2012

Flanders

Was a great hike; summits afforded no views but great little streams and in fall colors the canopy was awesome.
Posted Oct 17, 2012 9:29 pm

Brian JenkinsTwofer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2012

Brian Jenkins

Climbed on a wet day. Shared the trail with two girls and their dog. They climbed faster and had one more 4000er to go to hit all of them. We did North first, then South. Not a bad day.
Posted Oct 8, 2012 12:34 am

apeTrail can be hard to follow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012
Went with a friend. We had trouble following the trail at the second or third river crossing; ended up following herd paths to unofficial camp sites instead of the main trial. After that, it was very fun and very steep. Felt great to dip my head in the river on the way back.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 4:46 pm

MelNino#9, #10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2011

MelNino

Lovely hikes! Took N Peak up, S peak down. I loved the trail between the peaks.
Posted Oct 16, 2011 9:50 pm

LDuszernice view of the osceolas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011

LDuszer

I did this as a loop, doing South Hancock first so I would have a better view at the second summit. The clouds cleared, and I could see the Osceolas quite well.
Posted Jul 9, 2011 4:11 pm

Kristin5berryfirst winter hike 2010  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2010

Kristin5berry

good times, new friend
Posted Feb 10, 2011 5:40 am

mmcguiganWonderful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2010

mmcguigan

Both peaks via the Hancock Loop Trail.
Posted Dec 27, 2010 11:42 am

TinMan61Great Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010
The approach trails were fabulous. The bugs were kept to a minimum by the breeze, the sun had dried out most of the mud and the open glades and brook crossings are what a hike should be. The actual climb itself is short and challenging both, especially the climb back down.
Posted Jun 29, 2010 5:56 am

GrampahawkKnocked 'em off the list  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2009

Grampahawk

I've been leaving some of the peaks that don't have great views toward the end of my list. But the weather was great for November- 40 degrees, sunny, and no wind so it was a nice hike.
Posted Nov 8, 2009 4:41 pm

iditarod81Did this at sunset.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

iditarod81

Awesome glow on the rocks.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 2:25 pm

TLPNorth and South double shot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2008

TLP

I took the Hancock Notch Trail to the Cedar Brook Trail to the loop trail, going up the North Peak first, then over to the South Peak, where I stuck my foot in a huge mud puddle. I think I drove straight to the trailhead from NJ, and then went back to NJ after I was done to go to work. That's hardcore.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 4:04 pm

TahawusHancock, North Peak and South Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007

Tahawus

Climbed via the Hancock Loop Trail from the Kangcamagus Highway. A very plesant summer hike even in nearly 80 degree temptures. There was a big group on Hancock's summit ledge so there wasn't even a place to sit down. Found more solitude on South Peak.
Posted Aug 12, 2008 4:31 pm

nartrebrainy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

nartreb

After a good dousing just before noon, enjoyed a foggy but rain-free walk in the woods. Weather kept the crowds to a minimum, but there were a couple of big groups. Returned to car just before a big deluge.

Approach trails were a lovely stroll, the brook is wide enough to create a couple of small meadows full of flowers and birds.

Got a bit nervous when the trail approached the slide, thinking the trail would go up it, which would have been interesting in the wet and slippery conditions. Will have to return and try the slide some (dry) day.


I went up the north side and down the south, and was happy with that choice: lots of big stone and log steps on the north, which would have been jarring to descend.

Lots of maintenance evident on the loop trail, but a lot of it was ineffective: logs directly across the trail that made no provision for runoff, and are already being undermined. Some mud holes on the ridge could use new log bridges too.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 12:01 pm

syzygySouth Side Still Snowy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2008
Hiked in and camped just above Cedar Brook trail. Great soft camping up there.

Next day summited via the South Peak first. The trail up had deep enough snow that we post-holed yet the terrain was bad enough that snowshoes weren't really a great option either. Trip between summits was also frustrating as it alternated between snow and not snow on the trail. Here snowshoes did help, though switching frequently was obnoxious. The trail down the North side was nearly free from snow. We were glad our choice of routes worked out so well.
Posted May 25, 2008 11:11 pm

eric-grizFell in creek on way up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2001

eric-griz

A warm October day. It's a good thing it was warm too, since I slipped and fell into a creek on the way up.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 10:09 am

dirthMorning Loop Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2007

dirth

Started hiking around 8:30 from the Kanc. Followed the typical "loop trail". 1:30 from the parking lot to the North peak. 25 minutes across to the South peak. 1:20 back to the parking lot. Done and driving home by 11:45 am. Very peaceful hike, the stream crossings are nice and there were great views south from the North peak.
Posted Sep 6, 2007 2:43 pm

giggyarrow slide  Sucess!

giggy

hiked most of arrow slide - very wet trashed off due to too fecking slippery.

went back trail and went over the 2 bumps. very nice hike.
Posted Jul 6, 2007 2:52 pm

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