Hancock Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,879' 573 m
Descent: -1,239' -378 m
High: 4,401' 1,341 m
Low: 2,757' 840 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)
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“This lollipop trail climbs to the summit of Hancock and South Hancock, two of the New Hampshire 4,000 footers.”— Brian Arnold
However, going counterclockwise, the trail ascends moderately at first and then steeply up the face of South Hancock. Some loose rock makes footing slightly difficult in places. This section tops out at the summit of South Hancock. There is a viewpoint about 15 yards beyond the summit out to the east.
The middle section is mostly flat with small ups and downs, with some mud in sections. The trail ascends moderately toward the summit of Hancock.
Continuing straight past the summit, there is a viewpoint approximately 40 yards down trail looking west. From the summit, the trail wraps around the southern aspect of the summit and then descends steeply. There is better footing on this side of the loop. The descent continues into a dry creek bed, followed by a short descent back to the junction with Cedar Brook Trail.
Land Manager: USFS - White Mountain National Forest Office