Hancock and South Hancock – August 31, 2008 – Flame Broiled

August 31, 2008 at 8:49 pm 2 comments

So, after my pittiful summit of Castle Hill in RI I decided to go back to some real hiking up in the Whites. The Hancocks had no idea what they were in for. It is really a lovely hike: the first few miles on the Hancock Notch and Cedar Brook trails are flat (600 vertical feet over 2.5mi), though toads seem to plague the area. Even the beginning of the Hancock Loop trail is gentle, but get ready for a kick in the pants once that trail divides. The AMC guidebook does a good job of describing it (unrelievedly steep), as both ways are rather rocky and steep. Very steep. But, they are worth it. I opted to tackle the North Peak first, as the steepness seemed to last longer. Only a little way from the top, there is a lovely lookout (same goes for the South Peak) and the walk between the two peaks is lovely, though a bit muddy. Watch your knees a bit going down. There were a good number of people headed up as I was headed down, having started at 7:40am. On a beautiful Labor Day weekend, it clearly gets busy, but even starting early in the morning, buy summit time, the haze and fog had cleared, for some interesting views. Plus there can be critters along the Kancamangus Highway (also, the book doesn’t mention this, but there is a connector trail from the parking area to the trail head across the hairpin turn, so you don’t have to walk on the highway). In short, it was a lovely walk, suitable for anyone, and at a good pace, do-able in less than 5 hours.

A Money Shot


Entry filed under: New Hampshire Summits.

Summit Cheeseburgers by State Tahawus aka Cloud-Splitter bka Mount Marcy

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sirloinofbeef  |  September 3, 2008 at 9:04 am

    After a couple dozen cold cheeseburgers you might start to like them. It’s an acquired taste. Great to see that you’re knocking down the NH summits!

  • 2. Mt. Hancock revisited « Summit Cheeseburger  |  November 7, 2008 at 12:09 am

    […] selection in the car is that I had no recollection of the fact that Flame Broiled had already summited Hancock and South Hancock two months earlier. Oh well… we may not have helped the greater mission any, but we did add […]


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