|North Hancock and the Bonds|
|Lookout on the summit of South Hancock|
This is a 10 mile hike which penetrates the vast wilderness of the White Mountains. Although its not within the Pemigewasset Wilderness, the area you hike through is very similar and feels just as wild. This hike was particularly enjoyable because it starts at a high elevation and is almost entirely within pine wood forests. It skirts around several streams which make for a serene day hike.
Map of the Hancock Hike
After 3.6 miles of gentle ascent from the trailhead, you hit the turnoff for each of the Hancocks. If you bear right, you will climb South Hancock at 4,278ft. If you bear left, you will hit the summit of North Hancock which is the high point at 4,380ft. Both trails are very steep and in the winter, you would want microspikes and possibly snowshoes if it has recently snowed. A sturdy pair of hiking boots will do in the summer. I preferred to do South Hancock first and then have my lunch on North Hancock. There is a viewpoint just beyond the summit of North Hancock that makes the ascent worth it! Otherwise the views are mostly directional. This hike can easily be done in 6-8 hours.
|The view from the summit of North Hancock. The Osceolas are directly south.|
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