Hiking North and South Hancock

Map of routes
  • Anticipated ascent date: August 13, 2011
  • Hike leader: TBD
  • Trip plan: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop Trail

Team 2020 will attempt to bag their 15th and 16th peaks by traversing North and South Hancock in one day. Their planned route is a 9.8-mile loop, which they hope to complete in 10 hours. Considering how much the team has learned about successfully hiking the various terrains found in the White Mountains, this challenge is definitely within their reach.

Want to track our progress? Starting on the morning of the hike, you can track us with Spot Adventures, which receives GPS updates and messages from a device we will carry. We'll try to publish updates on Twitter and Facebook, but we can't guarantee cell reception!

Mountain facts

  • North and South Hancock were originally named as a single mountain: Pemigewasset Peak.
  • Originally cut by the AMC's Worcester chapter, the Hancock Loop Trail is the only path on the mountain.
  • The first winter circuit of the Hancocks was completed by an AMC group in 1960.

Resource links

If you'd like to hike North and South Hancock, we recommend these resources:

A note from Team 2020 to our fellow hikers

If you're thinking what we're thinking -- man, what a great day to hike! -- please be prepared. Pack adequate (and extra) gear, food and water; leave your trip plans with someone not on the trip; and respect Leave No Trace principles and the Hiker Responsibility Code. Also remember that most areas in the White Mountains limit hiking parties to ten members, maximum. Because Team 2020 hikes at full capacity, we can't accommodate unexpected trail meet-ups -- but we would love to share your stories and experiences! Be sure to let us know what trails you're hitting by posting to our blog, or emailing us directly.