|Drive||68 miles (1 hour 35 minutes)|
Take I-91 North to exit 16, then follow Route 25 East to Route 5 North, after about 7 miles turn right onto Newbury Crossing Road. Turn left onto Route 10 North, then right onto 116 East. Follow this to its junction with Route 112, and remain on 112 for 21 miles to the Hancock Overlook Parking Lot on the left.
Follow the Hancock Notch Trail 1.8 miles, then turn left and continue .7 miles to the Hancock Loop Trail. After a mile this forks; take the right fork to summit South Hancock first or the left to summit Hancock. Continue around the loop to summit the other, then return to Hancock Notch Trail by completing the loop.
8/2/16: Dru Falco 18 and Leah Valdes 18 left campus around 1pm, started hiking at 2:30 and got back to campus around 9pm (with a stop for ice cream). The trail is really flat for the first few miles. We went up to the south peak first- it's extremely steep- the way down north was also steep but much less. Lovely views!!!
Group: Adam Burnett '18 (leader), Andrew Crutchfield '18 (heeler), Gabriel Zuckerberg '20
Weather: Mostly clear skies. 35-40ºF for most of the hike, but it was maybe 30ºF and windy at the summit of South Hancock, so it still was uncomfortably cold there.
Route: We parked at the parking area on the Kancamagus Highway and followed the usual route on the Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, and Hancock Loop Trail. After we reached the top of South Hancock, we decided we didn't have time to complete the loop over North Hancock, so we retraced our steps down South Hancock and back to the trailhead. This shortened hike totaled 8.2 miles.
Time: Left campus at 8:45 AM, back at 6:45 PM. Our hike was 5 hours and 50 minutes. The drive back to campus took longer than expected, about 2 hours and 15 minutes total, because of traffic in Lincoln (as skiers were leaving Loon Mountain) and frost heaves on Route 118.
Notes: Deep snow everywhere. The trail was broken out well but was not packed hard, so snowshoes were necessary for the entire hike. Conditions were excellent for buttsliding on the way down South Hancock.