Houghs Neck, MA
Explorer | 40 pts
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.