North and South Hancocks Hike ~ January 5
We'd like to get in a strenuous snowshoe trip after the holidays to burn off all those calories and fit GO members are invited to join us! We will climb two 4,000 footers off the Kancamagus Highway. The majority of the hike will be in and on the same trail [3.5 miles] before we get to the Hancock Loop Trail. Hopefully the North Folk crossings will have good snow bridges.
We will be going clockwise, going up to Mt. Hancock [4420'] then over to South Hancock [4319'].The climb up is steep with difficult snowshoeing, requiring vigourous step-kicking. Snow piles deep on the ridge, and the Ridge Link may be very hard to follow. The descent is butt-slide heaven!
There are fine views south from an outlook ledge off North Hancock and partial outlooks southeast and northwest near the top of South Hancock.
We will hike about 9.8 miles and climb about =2,940 feet ~ for perspective the top floor of the Empire State Building is about 1,250 feet. It should take an average hiker about 7.5 hours to complete this trip ~ this estimate is adjusted to allow for slower travel during winter because of heavier packs, includes time for changing clothing to regulate temperature and putting on/taking off snowshoes or microspikes along the way.
After the hike everyone is welcome back at our house in Waterville Valley to socialize around the fireplace and enjoy a home cooked meal with dessert! It's BYOB and it costs $5 per person. We also are offering lodging at our house Friday and/or Saturday night at $20 per night.
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