Hancock Notch Trail, Hancock Loop

Lincoln, New Hampshire

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A number of trails run south from the Kancamagus Highway to access peaks more readily reached from the Lakes Region or Waterville Valley. The Hancock Notch hike is one of the energetic few that runs north from the road to a collection of unique New Hampshire views. From the summit of Mount Hancock’s North Peak, even newcomers to the region will easily identify the stark profile of Mount Carrigain atop bumptious Signal Ridge and enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the encompassing forests of the Sawyer River Valley that spread southeast from the adjacent Pemigewasset Wilderness. Special attractions: Sweeping views of Signal Ridge and the Sawyer River Valley, easy walking to pleasant camp sites, and a stream that disappears.
Hiking New Hampshire

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Hiking New Hampshire

by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)

A number of trails run south from the Kancamagus Highway to access peaks more readily reached from the Lakes Region or Waterville Valley. The Hancock Notch hike is one of the energetic few that runs north from the road to a collection of unique New Hampshire views.

From the summit of Mount Hancock’s North Peak, even newcomers to the region will easily identify the stark profile of Mount Carrigain atop bumptious Signal Ridge and enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the encompassing forests of the Sawyer River Valley that spread southeast from the adjacent Pemigewasset Wilderness. Special attractions: Sweeping views of Signal Ridge and the Sawyer River Valley, easy walking to pleasant camp sites, and a stream that disappears.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lincoln
Distance: 9.8
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Saco Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Mount Osceola and Mount Carrigain quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Hancock Notch Trail, Hancock Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2013
0

Good hike and great day. It was also a nice hike for Wyler. We hiked up North and down South. The hike up had a bunch of small stream crossings and was fairly easy. There of course was some steep areas since you did need to go above 4000. The trail between the two would have been muddier but there was a lumber yard up there to help (see picture). Going down was no problem as well. My friend said to reverse loop in winter cause you can sled down North in some areas.


8/17/2008
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Nice hike, very easy until the last half mile up North Peak. It was pretty muddy along the ridge. I sank in to about mid-calf a couple of times. Good hike for dogs. Recommend you go up North peak and down South peak.


12/2/2007
0

Hancock Notch to Cedar Brook to Hancock Loop South to North and back. Easy winter hike. Well used trails, all hard packed from the previous day's hikers. Crampons required up the South trail. ~12-18 inches of snow on the south section of ridge. North summit view very nice. Crampons not required down but the North Slide used anyway. All in all, a nice, quiet (1 other hiker) stroll in the woods.


9/29/2007
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took some rookie boy scouts backpacking on this trail,fairly rough terrain but very good trip to begin the year all 16 of us had a great two days of hiking.the website has very informative guides. as we gain more experience the trips wiil get evan better


11/4/2006
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The trail was failry well defined (signage at intersections was excellent, but markings (yellow paint) were spotty at best and there appeared to be a few parallel paths along the river that confused us). The trail condition was average (very rooty, rocky, and ALOT of stream crossings most of which were not laid out for foot traffic). On Nov. 4th there was 1-2 inches of snow at the intersection of Cedar Brook trail and Hancock Notch trail but the snow cover steadily increased to 10-12 inches by the time we got to the South Peak. The steep portion of the South Peak climb was so covered and packed with snow that my boys all decied it was easier to slide down on their backsides than walk down. This was the hightlight of the climb for them (aside from the view at the top)! We ran into very few other hikers which was nice aspect of this hike, but clearly the trails were heavily used.



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