Ascent of Mount Hancock-Northwest Peak on 2019-10-04

Climber: Jason Rossman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, October 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Hancock-Northwest Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally able to get this one checked of the Trailwrights list. As far as bushwhacks go, I thought this was pretty easy. I wish I had done it sooner. Special thanks to David Darby as his trip report, combined with another I found elsewhere, really helped.

The day started of cloudy with some light drizzle. My car was the only one in the Hancock lot when I started. I went up North Hancock first. After confirming there were no views at the outlook, I headed towards South Hancock. About 150' from North Hancock, where the trail takes a sharp right turn, there's a herd path on the left. It was covered with blowdowns, but was easy to go over or around. I quickly lost the trail and began heading in a north westerly direction. I found myself off the ridge, and remembered the key was to stay on the ridge. I went back up and found a faint herd path that led me to a wall of spruce. It appeared there was no way around it, so I pushed through it and shortly came out the other side, back into more open woods. I relocated the herd path and from that point it led me right to the summit. It did fade in and out, but I was able to quickly find it again. As I got closer to the summit, it got colder and the wind really picked up. My hands got very cold as I discovered they were definitely not waterproof.

According to the log book, I was the first to visit in almost a month.

My original plan was to descend via the slide and bushwhack to the Cedar Brook Trail. After seeing how easy the bushwhack was, I decided to stick with what I know and went back the way I came. When I got to the wall of spruce trees, I discovered there was a trail to the left that went around the wall.

I popped back out to the trail and made my way back to North Hancock. The clouds had started to clear and there was now a view from the outlook.

Just over 10 miles and and about 8hr 15 minutes total.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1871 ft / 570 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1719 ft / 523 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.1 mi / 16.3 km
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1871 ft / 570 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Hancock Notch, Cedar Brook, Hancock Loop, bushwhac
    Start Trailhead:2129 ft / 648 m
    Time:4 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1719 ft / 523 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:bushwhack, Hancock Look, Cedar Brook, Hancock Notc
    End Trailhead:2281 ft / 695 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: NW Hancock

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Hancock2019-10-042271 ft / 692 m
2Mount Hancock-Northwest Peak2019-10-041871 ft / 570 m
Total Trip Gain: 4142 ft / 1262 m    Total Trip Loss: 1719 ft / 524 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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