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hiking
6 days ago

Went up and back from 112 on the north (Greeley Pond trail to Osceola trail to Mount Osceola summit and back). Went on Sunday Oct 11. Cold and clear day, and 6 to 12 inches of hard pack on the trail. Definitely needed spikes. Hard climb but well worth it. Took 5.5 rountrip with plenty of stops.

Well marked trail. Very rocky and filled of roots. Definitely suggest spikes. Nice views and plenty of Gray Jay's on the trail! Would definitely do this trail again in nicer weather!

Great hike, we completed this hike on October 26th, clear sky’s and no wind at the summit. There was about three inches of snow and very little ice.

Nice hike after a 5 hr drive from NY. THe chimney/by pass was nowhere near as hard as I expected. Definitely need traction now and about a foot of snow above 3k feet. Some nice views. Would rate this as moderate.

Not being too experienced as a hiker I took this hike on 10-22-2018. It's my fourth hike in the white mountains. The climb is steady up and wore me out. Took several breaks on the way up and down. It snowed lightly for the whole hike. The summit was windy and cold and almost a total white out and still an excellent experience. Id think that this climb was moderate/hard and a leg burner. Will do again in spring to get some views. I recommend this hike

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike! Went to north peak then south- descend was tricky as the first and last .5-.7 are very steep and there was ice and snow making it slick! Would recommend trekking poles! Happy trails :))

1 month ago

Very rewarding hike. There are a couple challenging spots, especially towards the top, but the final view is well worth it.

Really enjoyed this hike! Starts out tame, after about 3 river crossings it starts to get steeper. A few scrambles near the summit. Nice clear day gives beautiful views of mount Washington and Crawford’s notch. We set out from our cabin door to get to north twin, round trip 12 miles or so.

hiking
1 month ago

5 stars for the views at the top. 3 stars for the unrelenting rocks, scrabble, and boulders to step on, over, and around. I'm not extra-fit, and my thighs almost gave out 10 minutes from the top, but I'm glad I persisted. The forests were perfumed with a rich pine scent higher up and the view was divine. Not 360 but you can see far and wide.

hiking
1 month ago

This old lady took 4 hours to get to the top on a very cloudy/overcast/foggy day. Some of that time included my son stopping to take pics and the two stop-offs on the way (recommend both) . I liked this trail as it was variable terrain. There were a few level spots where one caught their breath and hard spots that you had to climb by hand (near the.top). it was very pretty. It was cold and windy at the top which was a relief. bring bird seed for the friendly grey Jay's. Benefit of going on a cloudy day was that we only saw about 8 people on this typically busy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike but demanding. No breaks on the way up or down. Take your time and you can have a great hike.

Went hiking on this trail when the rain was heavy and the summit was cloudy, didn’t make it to the summit but made it to both of the other caps. Will definitely pack lighter next time and bring a buddy, but overall, a great and challenging hike!!!

Started trail around noon, completed trail around 5/530 Dog was able to do it but needed to be assisted up boulders and down boulders. 75 lb dog but his feet were beat up after. Reallllly muddy, recommend waterproof boots. 3 decent waterfalls/rivers. Awesome view. But very windy on top.

1 month ago

Great hike. Went North to South. Steep last half mile, but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a tough hike to do yesterday, Sunday, October 7, 2018, but the feeling of accomplishment was worth it! I am 56 and my husband is 59, and we just started back on the 4000 footers. Why tough? It was rainy, foggy, muddy, slippery and steep - sometimes all at once! The slick ledge scramble at the top was a bit scary- both up and down. We took 6h to get up and down. Others seemed to sail by us both going up and going down, though, and we saw plenty of four legged hikers enjoying their hike, so it might just be we are still out of practice. Still, I'd recommend doing this hike on a day without rain when you the rocks would not be so slippery and you would get the benefit of a summit view!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike with big views.Can get up bit over crowded

hiking
1 month ago

Nice bolder to bolder hike, with a fairly steep rock climb the last 600 ft to the peak. It rained on us so the last bit was slick, use cautious.
Over all, moderate to slight hard hike, more technical than hard due to ricks the entire way up.
Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

I read all the reviews before the hike (I always do). Man this one really is a “quad grinder”. Much harder than I expected. It’s day two since the hike and boy do my legs still hurt!
Very challenging for my husband and I who I consider to be in pretty decent shape. Take your time going down. Very wet and slippery. Our dog was tired and cranky after this one too!!
It’s challenging but well worth it. Very doable if you take your time. From start to finish took us 6.5 hours. That includes about 20 minutes at the summit and breaks along the way.
Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Overall a pretty good hike but somewhat lackluster. Went up to South Hancock first then over the North Hancock. Pretty steep ascent to South peak but only for about 0.75miles. Small outlooks at top of each mountain offer limited views. As others have posted saw many signs of bears but no actual bears for us.

hiking
1 month ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail labor day weekend, unaware it was ranked as hard. It was our first hike, we're both in our early 20s, and it was so much fun! definitely steep at parts, we were grateful for packing lots of water and clif bars. Perfect for a cool, overcast day

hiking
1 month ago

I'd say this trail was on the moderate side of difficult in comparison to other difficult-rated hikes I've done out this way. The last bit of the trail was an interesting scramble which was fairly technical, but for the most part it was a gradual and rugged incline. The rocks were pretty wet which made it a bit slippery. At the summit, you get a panoramic view of the whites which is always beautiful. I reached the summit in about two hours, and took my time going down. Completed in about 4.5 hours. Overall, a good and fairly challenging hike with some nice views!

1 month ago

Did this loop on Wednesday 9/19. The first four miles are easy and the actual loop of the Hancocks is hard but short. Can’t say much about the views since it was cloudy and foggy when I summited. I saw an alltrails review about a bear towards the end and a reminder to make noise while hiking- well let me tell you, I did not make noise and I also ran into a bear about two miles from the trailhead. The bear was the best part.

I would advise going up south first (I didn’t). It has a lot of loose rocks and it was very difficult to descend that route. Including breaks the whole hike took me 6.5 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, pretty uneventful hike. Went up South first, which is a nice leg workout after having a very easy start. Plenty of places to step and hold onto on the way up. Not much to look at from top of South, so we kept going. Fast and easy connection over to North and we had a snack on the overlook ledge with some fantastic views. Heading down from north was very steep and loose, however it was not difficult as there were plenty of handholds and trees strangely in just the right spots. Slowly levels out then there’s a dip, a water crossing and back uphill to close up the loop. Took us 4.5 hours with a 15 minute lunch break.

Did this trail with a 30 Pound pack, and including the 35 minutes for lunch at the summit it took us, in a group of 3 to do it in about 7 hours. We got to the parking lot at about 10, and stopped many a time along the way up for water. As there is no water source on this peak, one should expect to bring more water than you would normally think. Otherwise I had an excellent time hiking even though it was very strenuous. If you get there late bring a flashlight for hiking in the dark, as the way down can be dangerous if you can't see your footing.

Fun run into the loop intersection. Fun run out. It’s the white mountains so expect roots and rocks. Up north mtn was steep but good footing. Down south mtn was a bit sketchy with loose scree. The view points were close to each summit and gave nice long views. Fun trail run.

hiking
2 months ago

Plan on rewarding yourself after this trail, because the Hancock’s offer none. The long flat first section tests your ability to not trip over tree roots- the steep 1/2 mile(s) will challenge your leg strength and stability, and there are no views at the top. These have been ✔️’d off the list.

I will admit, my husband and I were not completely prepared for this hike. This is a tough one. Be prepared to do some bouldering as well. I would recommend some hiking sticks if you have some as there are some spots that are tricky. If you are new to hiking I would hold off on doing this trail until you get some others under your belt. It is a beautiful trail and has some amazing views but make sure you are prepared for a workout.

2 months ago

What a delightful hike that doesn’t try to kill you yet keeps it interesting. However, Challenging portion was the ascent / descent. Went south as suggested, and am glad about the choice though both were rough. Not sure there’s a clear best option? Steep, 1/2 mile up, and then on the way down just tons of loose rocks everywhere. Shout out to the trees lining the trail that literally saved my butt.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is well trodden and, with one exception near the junction of cedar brook trail and the Hancock loop trail, easy to follow. I hiked it in 5 hours 20 minutes. The trails are blazed yellow but just before Cedar Brook meets the Hancock Loop, you have to hike up the stream bed and there are no blazes for a stretch. I hiked up the North peak first and down the South and was happy with this choice. I definitely recommend hiking it in the fall as water crossings would be tough in the spring snowmelt. Trail was dry for me but would be tough in a wet day. Overall the views were limited. It’s number 40 and 41 for me so I had to do them but overall just meh for 10 miles.

trail running
2 months ago

The Greely Pond in & out was steep and brutal but overall a rewarding trek. The first mile is flat but that quickly changes to a progressively more difficult quad grinder as the trail separates at the first fork. From the split, you will hike up approx. 1.5 miles of HARD, relentless elevation gain that yields to a more moderate traverse into Osceola and back. There are minimal views from E Osceola. Your hard work is rewarded once you summit Osceola, as you will be greeted with panoramic views into Waterville Valley. Take your time on the descent, as there are many loose rocks and gravel.

Dogs are allowed off leash here, but due to the substantial grade of the majority of this trail and rough scrambles, I would strongly recommend against bringing your 4 legged companion.

I lost a black diamond carbon fiber hiking pole on the trail (I think it had fallen out near Osceola's summit.) If anyone finds this please contact me at joe@highlinecapitalpartners.com

I will provide a finders fee. Thank you!

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