Date of Hike: Friday, February 1st, 2019.
Trail Conditions: Unconsolidated snow, drifted powder.
Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes.
Comments: We departed the trailhead at the hairpin turn around 11:00AM and followed the Hancock Notch Trail to the Cedar Brook Trail, to the Hancock Loop Trail intersection.
Once we reached the North/South split, we veered off-trail and bushwhacked about a tenth of a mile to the entrance of the Arrow Slide. The slide itself is steep, sustained, and especially precarious in Winter. I wouldn’t recommend this route unless you are comfortable with this kind of mountain travel.
Once we completed the slide and gained the North summit, it was business as usual over to South, and then back down to the truck.
One, possibly two people had traveled the trail since the last snow storm on Tuesday evening. That being said, the snow pack is still very unconsolidated, and snowshoes are highly recommended if you plan on hiking this loop, with or without the slide.
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