Mount Hancock, via Hancock Loop Trail

10 reviews #2 hike out of 703 in
9.1 mi
Distance
4 hrs 44 min
Time
terrain
2,246 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

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.

Getting Started

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.

Taking Children

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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    1 year, 7 months ago
    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.
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    3 years, 8 months ago
    Hiked the loop clockwise, so up North and down South. The trail is in decent shape and the water was low, making the crossings easy. The steeps up North Hancock were dry. The views from the lookouts were amazingly clear and far-reaching. If you hike this loop on a clear day, don't miss the views.
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comatose_911 1 year, 8 months ago
N & S Hancock
The trail to the fork to N & S is flat for about 1.8 miles and then there’s a gradual climb for about 1.1 miles. Once you reach the folk...it’s 0.7 mile to N and 0.5 miles to S. I did N 1st...that 0.7 miles was the hardest part. The 1.4 miles to S is super easy and the it’s a steep down back to the fork. There’s a lookout b4 you get to N...there’s no telling when ur at N, so use your map. There’s a lookout at S (didn’t go, too crowded)
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rogerhere 6 years, 7 months ago
Mt Hancock and South Hancock (10/12/15)
A hike going over the Hancock Loop Trail to Mt Hancock and South Hancock. Used the Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, and Hancock Loop Trail. Clear skies, cool temps in the morning warming to around 60. Water crossings were easy. Autumn colors were peaking.
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scott2792002 1 year, 5 months ago
Hancock Loop Track (12/11/20, 8:41:08AM)
Not too difficult, except.5 mile to summit of North Hancock. Spikes from car to car. Last 3 miles seemed to never end. Nice hike, in the trees almost entire time. Felt really good and kicked ass. Solo
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