Hancock Notch Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 2,136 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,093 feet. The Hancock Notch Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.
Hancock Notch Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Larry Pletcher, Hiking New Hampshire (Falcon Guides).
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