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North And South Hancock – Another Icy Day

Sunday, April 10thWe got a late start today and didn’t get on the road until 9AM. So I decided that we’d head up to the Hancocks as it’s a shorter drive than most of the White Mountains from Massachusetts. We parked at the Hancock Hairpin turn off of the Kancamangus highway and hit the trail by 11:45… Late start! The scariest part of this hike might be crossing the highway to get to the trail head!

Final Winter 2015 Peaks: North And South Hancock

March 15th, 2015 – Today I hiked North and South Hancock. These two peaks make #24 and #25 on my New Hampshire 48 4000 footers list! Finally past the half way point. Having once turned around and bailed out on this exact same trip before… I was eager to scratch these two off my list at last.I woke up at 4AM to get a head start on the day. Packed my gear, food, water and hit the road. It was raining and about 37 degrees in Massachusetts not a great indication of what weather would look like up north. As I got closer to the Kancamagus Highway exit on 93 North the temperatures plummeted into the high 20’s and ice had formed on most roads. I arrived at the “Hairpin Turn” outlook parking area at around 7:15 AM. I took a stroll over some of the nearby packed snow in bare boots to get a feel for what the trail would be like. It had been packed down by hikers but had about 2″ of fresh powder on top of it.