Hancock Notch Trail is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, NH that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We've begun 2016 trail maintenance from the eastern terminus to Hancock Notch. This trail is oft times overlooked by peak baggers interested in Mt. Hancock alone. This trail is about as close to wilderness as you're apt to find in the Whites. We made an initial pass at brushing from the eastern terminus (5 miles from notch) to the Sawyer River, which is about 3.5 miles from the notch. Significant washout and mudslide has made the trail difficult to locate. Use care when crossing, especially at periods of high water. The trail is un-blazed at present, but is general "obvious", to wilderness maintenance standards. Expect to find shoulder-high hobble bush and coniferous trees encroaching on the footpath. The largest blowdowns fro the 2014 storm have been cleared. Anticipate finding much older, rotten blowdowns across the trail. All that said, it's a lovely day in the wilderness.
Hiked both summits, rained on descent.
What a fun hike! The first couple miles are painfully easy, but then it gets pretty steep. The steepness going up is all worth it if there's enough snow to butt slide down the other side! Just make sure you don't hit any rocks or roots with your butt! Definitely a great hike for a winter day, especially if it's cloudy since the views aren't too spectacular.
Most of the trail was past foliage. (October 15) But there were still some beautiful places. And the pines were great. What it lacked in vista views it made up for in pretty streams and nice woods. The trail is rocky in places so wear the right footwear.
Good hike but not to many view points. I went on an overcast day and ended up being socked in. Beautiful forest trails though.
The trail takes you a few (about 4) miles through the Pemi wilderness before turning steeply up to the summit. Summit views are very limited but you can find some nice lookouts, especially on nice days.