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Hancock Campground, Tuckerman Ravine
February 26-28, 1999

Route: Tuckerman Ravine Trail
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Elevation:

3875 ft

Vertical Climb:

1904 ft

Distance:

4.8 miles

Who Went:

Paul, Erin, Holly

Day 1

I picked up Erin and Holly after school on Friday, and we drove up to the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Hancock Campground on the Kancamagus Highway just east of Loon Mountain Ski Resort. This is one of only a few USFS campgrounds in the White Mountains that are open in the winter.

The Forest Service had cleared out a small drive-in strip in some of the campground's sites that was just large enough for a car, a tent, and their picnic table. Unfortunately, the surface of the plowed-out area of our campsite was icy and as hard as New Hampshire granite, not a very inviting spot to set up a tent. So we shoveled out our own spot under a tree and set up the tent there. When the ranger came around to collect the fee, she said that we weren't supposed to camp off the plowed area, but I explained how icy it was and she let us stay.

Day 2

On Saturday, we ate lunch at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Pinkham Notch Visitorís Center, looked around the gift shop for a while, then started up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, which was wide and very well-packed.

A short distance up the trail, we came to the avalanche warning sign which had postings for both Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines. The avalanche danger was low, but since we weren't planning on going up the headwall, it didn't really matter.

Holly trying out the tent at the campground. The surface of the plowed area was too icy, so we set shoveled out a spot under a tree and set up the tent there.

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Holly by the avalanche warning sign near the Tuckerman Ravine Trailhead.

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Holly and I on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The trail was wide and well-packed.

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