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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Hale Brook Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 2nd car at Hale Brook at 7:15 A.M.; looked like both here and Zealand overflowed at some point in day. Zealand Road open and in fine shape. Toilet facilities available both at Zealand parking and at beginning of Zealand Road on the right. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings required a little care on account of the icy conditions. The crossing of Whitewall Brook above Zealand Falls could be a challenge if colder and sides are icy that you hop to. Low water flow today. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No issues; unless salting of trails falls under a trail maintainers duties. No, seriously each one of these trails has much to admire for trail work whether it be treadway, switchbacks, various wood structures, water drainage, signage, routes to fine views etc.. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Would have liked to have seen how the dogs we met handled the ladder near Zeacliff Pond Peak and a few other spots. One ended our visit with a rabbit just below Zeacliff lookout (not permanently; just scared it off). 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Most using traction today. I used micros (old beaten ones I don't mind abusing) from Zealand down to Zealand Tr.. Emerel barebooted and we managed with a little care. Lots of ice throughout. Lend-A-Hand had some unfrozen pockets of deep water and mud lurking just wishing to wet your feet down so water proof footwear may be wanted. I found poles helpful when not using spikes for slippage and water crossings. Fine weather day in the mountains; things probably changing if it's snowing over there like it is in northern Vt. this morning. Happy Trails!  
Name
Name: franco 
E-Mail
E-Mail: cockerbuff@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-11-10 
Link
Link: http:// 
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