East Hitchcock

Hiked East Hitchcock on 2/18/2017  with Bill and Diane Schor. Weather was bright and sunny with temps in the 20s to start and 40s by the time we finished. We were concerned that the trails we needed wouldn’t be broken out because of all the snow in the previous week but we lucked out as the trails were broken. We started out on the Hancock Notch trail which starts at the hairpin turn on the Kanc with an almost buried sign.

Warning sign
Warning sign

You would think this was obvious but apparently it isn’t. We followed the Hancock Notch trail to the junction with the Cedar Brook trail which we followed to the junction with the Hancock Loop trail. This is where the fun started as we needed to stay on the Cedar Brook trail for another half mile and it wasn’t broken out.

Unbroken Cedar Brook trail
Unbroken Cedar Brook trail

It took us about half an hour to go the half mile to where the bushwhack started. It was pretty deep snow but nice powder so it wasn’t terribly hard. We took turns doing 100 steps each and then switching.

Start of the bushwhack
Start of the bushwhack

The snow in the woods seemed to be more consolidated and we didn’t sink in as much except for the occasional spruce trap which were as much as chest deep.

Nice open woods
Nice open woods

Most of the bushwhack was through open woods and there weren’t any steep portions so it was pretty enjoyable.

North Hancock
North Hancock

Just before the summit we had a nice view of North Hancock but we had to continue a little further to the viewless summit but we came back to this sunny spot to eat our PBJs.

Bill and Diane at the summit
Bill and Diane at the summit

After eating we headed down which went pretty quickly although the snow was getting soft and heavy with the warm temps and snow was melting off the trees and raining on us.

Bill and Diane headed down
Bill and Diane headed down

Only 58 more peaks left to complete the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

Our track for the day
Our track for the day
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