Ascent of Mount Hancock on 2017-10-04

Climber: David Darby

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

As part of Hancock NW trip

Good news: Trailwright 72 of 72 done (complete).
Bad news: Missed cedar brook slide on the descent. Do I go back to get it???

Here's the details:

09:15 - Depart Hancock trailhead parking lot on Kanc. Beautiful bluebird day.
09:45 - Trail intersection (hancock notch trail) - left
10:00 - Trail intersection (cedar brook trail) - right
10:27 - Trail intersection (Hancock loop trails) - left, downhill to the camp area, then bushwhack though to arrow slide (fairly easy to find/follow) and up. I stayed to the extreme right the entire ascent. Nice climb. At top of the slide, headed in to the woods to the right (straight is think). When it clears uphill, head up till you hit another thick area. From there head right again and you dump right out on to the trail. In fact, if you look at my GPS track, I should have headed right earlier..
11:12 - Mount Hancock summit (2 hrs). Quick snack, and talked with 2 other hikers that arrived 1 minute after me. They had started out at 8:45. Went over to the lookout to enjoy the view and grabbed a few snacks and drinks. From there I started to head in to the woods to start the bushwhack, but quickly realized I was heading in the wrong direction. I walked back to the summit, down the trail toward Hancock South till it turns sharply right and headed in to the woods on the left here (much more open - and the right direction). Then I followed the ridge down and dropped to the left/west when things got thick. Bushwhack wasn't bad, just long. I could not find any sign of the "old haul" roads that appear to exist in the satellite images. They definitely were not from skidders and may actually be very old from horse use as there did appear to be a path every now and then that was 1-2 feet wide (and was not a herd path).
12:36 - Hancock Northwest summit!!! Lunch, pictures, happiness.
??:?? - In search of cedar slide - missed it. I traversed back along the west slope lower than I had approached. I thought I was low enough and figured I would bump right into the slide. However, I passed right over the top of it, maybe 50' away and didn't realize it until I hit the gully and stream past the slide. I turned around and tried to angle back at the slide, but the woods were thick and I ended up dropping all the way down parallel to the slide without ever hitting it.
02:37 - Punched out on to the cedar brook trail. Phew! 2 hrs of bushwhacking down, that was tough.
03:17 - Trail intersection (Hancock loop trails) - straight
03:32 - Trail intersection (Hancock notch trail) - straight
04:06 - Hancock trailhead/Kanc parking lot. ~11 miles / 7 Hrs.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2600 ft / 792 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2600 ft / 792 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2400 ft / 732 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Hancock Trail
    Start Trailhead:Hancock trailhead parking lot on Kanc  2000 ft / 609 m
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017-10-04 - Hancock NW

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Hancock2017-10-042600 ft / 792 m
2Mount Hancock-Northwest Peak2017-10-04900 ft / 274 m
Total Trip Gain: 3500 ft / 1066 m    Total Trip Loss: 3500 ft / 1067 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Darby
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