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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Hancock, South Hancock, NH
Trails
Trails: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 22, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was maybe 10% full when I arrived, 90% full when I got back at 2pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Heaviest crossings were just before and just after the intersection of Hancock Notch and Cedar Brook Trails. Lots of heavy moving water. Not many options on those for a dry crossing. I took boots off to stay dry on the way up.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Looks like a tornado(s) went through the top along the Hancock Look Trail. Lots of tree debris scattered about.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Monorail on and off till you start up the Hancock Loop Trail. Highly recommend ascending on the north side for the loop. There's about a 100' section of slick ice that could pose some serious problems descending. Those conditions did not exist on the south side. Microspikes are an absolute must. A large section of the Hancock Notch trail is a complete creekbed. With all the slushy ice, mud, and creek crossings, plan on having soaked feet upon return. Very, very difficult to stay dry. I ended up not even trying on the way back and walking through the creeks. Felt great though. Saw about 10 people on the loop.  
Name
Name: Matt 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mksoraghan@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-22 
Link
Link: http:// 
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