Hancock Loop Trail

HARD 28 reviews

Hancock Loop Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, camping, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2778 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

This is a fun loop trail to two 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. There aren't any crazy great views but you'll get glimpses towards the Tripyramids, Carrigain of each mountain from the others summit.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
7 days ago

All around decent hike; most of the miles are a breeze, save the rock scrambling required to ascend and descend the peaks. The advice to go up the north peak and down the south peak was definitely accurate, although both sections are extremely tricky with lots of loose, falling rocks.

7 days ago

Great all around hike. Steady 3 mile hike to start off. Crossing some cool Brookes along the way. Views were great of both Hancock and South Hancock. I recommend hiking up Hancock first and hiking down South Hancock. The decent got a little tricky for me as there were a good amount of loose rocks. Only complaint is once you get to the 'dull' part of the hike on the way down, takes a lot longer than you'd expect. Awesome views and not too hard of a hike! One of my favorites so far!

hiking
8 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A great loop hike made more interesting by high water crossings. The advice to hike up North Loop and come down South is spot on and the views from the overlooks aren't too shabby either.

hiking
1 month ago

The Hancock Loop Trail does not offer a lot of views, but it was a very nice trail to hike, nonetheless. A rain storm the night before made for very wet paths and more challenging stream crossings. Many parts of the trails seem like streams themselves.

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail with the plan to set up camp on one of the peaks. However, we started late (around 11:30) and by the time we made it to Mount Hancock we were exhausted. We ended up leaving the trail at about 11 and getting on the Kancamangus. Unfortunately our heavy packs slowed us down and we didn't go as fast as we planned. The trail did seem to be more than nine miles as our Fitbit recorded nearly double that. The outlook views were great and we can now knock two more 4,000 footers off our list.

hiking
2 months ago

Just hiked this last weekend, 6/10/17, river crossings are much easier and are more like stream crossings at this point. North peak was easy to get up, not too steep.

hiking
3 months ago

My husband and I hiked this later in the day (around noon) . There were many streams and the water is pretty high right now. Those were the least of our challenges. Postholes are the biggest issue. Make sure to wear crampons or snow shoes during this hike. Very slippery on the way down the South Peak...to the point where we were sliding on our bums down for fun. Met a cute Gray Jay on top of the North Peak.

hiking
4 months ago

A great deal of this hike is flat, up until you choose between going up the north or south peak trail. Views are beautiful, but the peaks are wooded so they are limited.

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hiking
9 months ago

I'm very much on the slow side but made the whole loop in under 6.5 hours! Loved the ridge line between the two peaks and the snow made it all magical! ❤️ Would rate as more difficult.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago