Nice hike through some pretty foliage. A bit crowded though.
One hour and forty eight minutes from the Kank to the top of South Hancock, forty minutes from one summit to the other, and another hour and forty eight minutes from the top of the north summit back to the car. The four stream crossings both back and forth kept things interesting. A grey jay on top of North Hancock was begging for snacks from everyone nearby.
Fairly simple hike, solid snowpack and easy stream crossings.
No summit, but some excellent winter camping and snow cave building.
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.
Not much of a view, but peaceful.
Enjoyable winter hike, got really cold on the top, but the views were great.
Was a great hike; summits afforded no views but great little streams and in fall colors the canopy was awesome.
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.
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.
Lovely hikes! Took N Peak up, S peak down. I loved the trail between the peaks.
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.
good times, new friend
Both peaks via the Hancock Loop Trail.
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.
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.
Awesome glow on the rocks.
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.
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.