Hancock Loop Trail

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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

views

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.

Hancock was well traveled today being peak leaf peepers season. The trail starts out like a walk in the woods and then starts becoming gnarly with enchanted looking roots to traverse but the ascent is mild until you reach North trail. Prepare yourself for some steep climbing for about .7 miles but seems longer. This is one of the more difficult climbs I have encountered. Today the views atop North were not existent so we didn't even stop until we reached South Hancock. the path to south was easy going and the views were spectacular. We could see mt Carrigan to our left and a good portion of the mountain range. The descent down started steep but with care we moved right along.

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20 days ago

a tale of two trails. first 3-4 miles are easy and mostly flat. the last .7 is steep and loose rocks. nice lookout. way down from south is tricky due to loose gravel but just go slow. I think 5.5 hrs r/trip at a medium pace.

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

A 3-mile-long glorified nature walk starts and ends this trail. The climb up (I went up North) is difficult but quick, and you are rewarded with a modest outlook. The real between North and South is quick and just hilly enough to be fun. Going down South is scary. Loose rock and dirt make a serious fall pretty possible. Took me 1:40 to go up, 0:20 to go between, and 1:20 to get back to the lot at the hairpin.

26 days ago

Great Hike with excellent views from both outlooks. Its definitely steep going up to North Peak, and you really need to watch your footing on the steep decent of South Peak. The rolling flat sections are really nice, many roots, but just keep an one on where your walking. Hiked it with my wife and 22 yr old son. Our moving time was 3hrs 17 mins, we did some trail running on the last mile or so. Again, Great Hike and an awesome workout !!

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30 days ago

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1 month ago

Great hike, stream provide a nice place to cool off on a hot day.

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1 month ago

Tackled these 2 peaks. Not a terrible hike, it is deceiving as most of it is fairly easy and then you hit the loops for the 2 peaks and it gets really rough. Very accurate on Hiking North 1st and coming down South. It was very muddy and a lot of standing water on the trails. Made for interesting maneuvers especially over all the roots and loose rocks. I will say I was surprised and disappointed there was no actual Summit markings. Bunch of signs telling you what trail you were on and distances but no actual "Mount Hancock" or even a rock cairn. Weather wise was quite a mix, rain in the am then fog then crazy winds and ended with sunny and 76 degrees. Welcome the mash between summer and fall.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great loop to hit two 4,000 footers. Great views from each summit, and the trail is pretty forgiving in terms of terrain -- way less rock hopping than most trails in the Whites. Pretty easy 10 miles compared to most activity around here. Did the loop in 3:53.

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