Mount Hancock, via Hancock Loop Trail
This is a moderate lollipop hike over two 4000 footers in the White Mountains National Forest. Mount Hancock (North Hancock) and South Hancock.
I recommend doing the loop clockwise, by heading up North Hancock first. There is a dip before you start climbing Mount Hancock that always seems to be harder when you hike counter clockwise. Both South and North are equally steep. The hike between the peaks is easy and gentle.
If you're looking for a little added adventure and challenge you could visit NW Hancock. This is a bushwhack but NW Hancock at one time had a fire tower on it, only a few signs of the fire tower remain. There is a canister to check in and leave a message for future hikers.
Parking lot fills fast and you will need to arrive early. Once the lot is full there is a pull off up the street and a few spots on the side of the road. When starting your hike from the trailhead you will cross the Kancamagus Highway at a hairpin turn. Seasoned hikers will refer to this as the most dangerous section of trail in the white Mountains (crossing the road) so be careful.
This is a very steep hike up both mountains but the ridge walk between the two mountains is very gentle and pleasant
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