Join the AMC on July 22 for a challenging day hike to tackle the Hancocks!. This 9.8 mile trek with 2,700 feet elevation gain is for hikers with intermediate or better hiking experience. We will start at the Hancock Overlook parking area, located 10.5 miles east of Lincoln, NH on the Kancamagus Highway. From the trailhead, we will make a gradual ascent along the North Fork of the Hancock Branch towards the Cedar Brook Trail before turning onto the Hancock Loop Trail. The highlight of the trip will be ascents of Mt. Hancock (4420') and South Hancock Mt (4319') - two 4Ks you can check off your list (weather permiting). The summit trails are steep and difficult but worth the effort for the views! After completing the summit loop, we will return to the parking area via the same route.
This is a strenuous hike on demanding terrain. It will be approximately 6 hours of steady moderate/fast paced hiking, so all participants will need to be physically fit; demonstrate White Mountain (or comparable) hiking experience of similar miles/elevation/difficulty; be comfortable with rugged trail conditions; have appropriate gear for adverse conditions; and prepared to have fun!
White Mountain National Forest parking fee at the trailhead.
Directions and trip details will be sent to approved participants in advance of the trip. We may plan an optional group dinner in Lincoln for those who don't want the fun to end at the trailhead.
Linda Haines has been a full AMC hiking/backpacking leader since 2012, adding biking and ski leadership in 2014. She finished the NH 4Ks in 2005, and has hiked Banff/Jasper, Bryce/Zion/Escalante, Tetons, Yoesemite, and Glacier NPs and the Swiss Alps since 2009. She tries to do new ski/hike/bike/run adventures each year, leading groups or on her own.