Ascent of South Hancock on 2012-07-20

Climber: Andrew Russel

Others in Party:Can't Find ClimberID br>Brady and Stephen Miller
Date:Friday, July 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4319 ft / 1316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from the hairpin turn around 9:40 on a perfect, mid-60s day. We quickly made our way up the initial Hancock Notch trail which was very easy. As we turn left on to Cedar Brook we were pleased that the trail continued at a pretty easy grade. As noted in other reports the stream crossings were not all that well marked and at one point we found ourselves on a trail that was no longer the Cedar Brook trail but most likely the result of others missing the fork crossing. After some bush whacking we managed to get back on across the fork and on the main trail joining with the Hancock Loop trail. This trailed continued with only moderate inclines until we hit the split where we opted to hit the south peak first. As promised the .5 to the south peak was a challenging grind pretty right directly up the entire way. Everyone got through it with only a few complaints as we marveled at how long .5 miles can be when trudging up rocks, gravel, and roots. Either way we made it, took some pics at the outlook and made our way towards the north peak. For the most part this was an easy crossover with only a few notable inclines. My son was getting a little tired at this point so we pushed him to eat and drink more. At the north peak again took a few pics from the summit and outlook (amazing views) and made our way down the .7 gravely, steep loop trail. This was a challenging route at times but all in all wasn't too bad despite warnings from other hikers that opted to take the clockwise route. Once at the merge from the south peak we made our back down the relatively easy trip of a couple hours to the car with only a couple mishaps of my son submerging his feet in the fork crossing a couple times. The boys definitely hit the wall at the 6 hour mark but thankfully we only had a bit longer until we were in the car and heading back to CT.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Hancock Notch to Cedar Brook to Hancock Loop
    Time Up:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:Link to North peak
    Time Down:3 Hours 20 Minutes

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