Hancock Mountain is a 4,380 foot mountain in the Pemigewasset Wilderness area of the White Mountains between Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch. The mountain is named after John Hancock, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
The mountain used to be the most remote and inaccessible peak in the White Mountains, before the Kancamagus Highway was finished. Today, the trail begins on the well known hairpin turn on the Kancamagus Highway at the Hancock Overlook Parking area.
South Hancock Mountain is only 1.4 miles away from Hancock Mountain and is a loop hike, so many people choose to hike both peaks in one hike. To hike both mountains from the Hancock Overlook Parking Area, is 9.8 miles.