Ascent of Mount Hancock-Northwest Peak on 2019-10-04
|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 ReportFinally 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|
| 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|
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 4142 ft / 1262 m Total Trip Loss: 1719 ft / 524 m
|1||Mount Hancock||2019-10-04||2271 ft / 692 m|
|2||Mount Hancock-Northwest Peak||2019-10-04||1871 ft / 570 m|
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