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 Hancock Water Crossings 
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Flatfoot
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 Hancock Water Crossings
Looking at the Hancocks for Saturday. I know the first 2 crossings of the North Fork are now bypassed. Do I need to be worried about the other three? Is staying on the east side an option to avoid the crossings for someone who is not a bushwacker - reasonably good footing & clear path?


Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:20 am
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I would simply suggest to bring some sandals. cedar brook can be easily whacked by staying on the east side of the river if needed. you will run into the trail again when it hits the hancock loop trail if you stay close to the shore. Its not optimal but doable.


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The water isn't usually that deep on those crossings (especially the ones on the Cedar Brook trail, which I've found to be the tougher ones), they're just fairly wide. Usually I've made it across with dry feet (often have to step on some rocks an inch or two below the water), generally not fast-flowing either. If there have been heavy rains recently, or you are in snowmelt season, yes maybe a little more to worry about. (note: there are also a lot more than 3 - or 5 - crossings. That's just the biggest ones.)

The final crossing on the Cedar Brook Trail, just before the Hancock Loop Trail junction (this was during snowmelt, water levels were fairly high, I made it across without water in the boots):
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EDIT: I was probably too late on this one. So my post can be for posterity?

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Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:42 pm
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Thanks for such helpful info. It wasn't too late as I opted to delay. It will be a solo hike - you have given me great piece of mind knowing I don't have to be worried about safely crossing. thanks again!


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I was there on 6/6/15. Stream crossings were no problem. I just ran right through them. They were only about calf deep. Here is a trip report. http://www.backpackingengineer.com/running-the-nh-4ks-the-hancocks/

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