HIKES & EVENTS
NORTH AND SOUTH HANCOCKS HIKE
DATE: Jul 23, 2022
END DATE: Jul 23, 2022
Hike/Event Location: Lincoln NH
Thornton, NH United States,
Manchester, NH United States
Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Max # People: 12
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Hike Difficulty Level:
Moderate to Strenuous
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Join us for a challenging 9.8 mile hike to the Hancocks with a 2700 ft elevation gain and two 4,000 footers! This mini loop hike includes everything! Water crossings, steep elevation gain and a hairy, steep descent from South Hancock. The hike in and out are through beautiful forest and the trek between Hancock and South Hancock also provides some unique forested views.
The Hancocks, located in the geographical center of the White Mountains, are usually only ascended by those hikers bound for the 4000-footers. Inexperienced hikers will likely not find the rough trip to these two peaks worthwhile, but devoted mountain-lovers can derive much joy from the scenic brook walks and fine views! We’ll ascend the north branch of the loop up the steep Arrow Slide to reach summit of North Hancock and wonderful views from a near summit ledge. We’ll then hike 1.3 miles on the ridge to reach the summit of South Hancock with a view off a summit ledge and then descend very steeply back to the start of the Hancock Loop.
Don't forget to bring wind/rain shell, water, lunch, snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, etc. along with whatever you typically have for a hiking excursion. We’ll have lunch on top of the summit.
Social Mixer: Following the hike, everyone is welcome back at our house in Waterville Valley to hang out for a couple hours alongside the Mad River for swimming/sunbathing, socialize around the deck and enjoy a BBQ! It's BYOB and it costs $10 per person. Bring your swim trunks/towel. We have to cross the shallow Mad River to reach our sandy beach so bring sandals or old sneakers; FLIP FLOPS WILL NOT WORK TO CROSS THE RIVER!
Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and Saturday night. Its $25 dollars Friday night and $35 Saturday that includes BBQ. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. We have 4 bunks available so the first 4 guys that contact us to reserve will get one; and let us know which night[s] you’ll be lodging with us. You’re on your own for dinner Friday night but you’re welcome to use our kitchen facilities to cook!
Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot
Trailhead and parking area are on the Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln, NH. Park at the Hancock Overlook, which is 12.7 miles east of Rt. 93 in Lincoln (at Exit 32) and 24.5 miles west of Rt. 113 in Conway. The Hancock Overlook is a large parking area with a viewing area just east of the hairpin turn.. We’ll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.