|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH|
||Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Hale Brook Trail, Zealand Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, November 16, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Zealand Road was mostly covered with packed snow of minimal depth but potentially slippery. Paved section to the Sugarloaf trailhead melted during the day. Zealand trailhead parking has an outhouse. |
||Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings were easy as the brooks are small |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. There were three trees crossing high above the present trail level that may pose problems when the snow depth increases. The worst was a large evergreen on the upper section of the Hale Brook Trail. |
||Saw dogs on the Twinway. Trails good for dogs. |
||Saw a moth or butterfly at Zeacliff and a few other flying bugs elsewhere. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trails were mostly snow covered with the snow packed well from a lot of foot traffic. Snowshoes would not be recommended as there are lots of exposed rocks. Bog bridges were somewhat masked by the snow so their edges were not always apparent. There was several inches of snow on the ridge between Zeacliff and Zealand Mountain and on the upper reaches of the Hale Brook Trail. Some frozen breakable slush or soft ice. Not too much solid ice on the trail. I would recommend using light traction like Microspikes.|
Great views of the Presidentials, Mt Carrigain, and the Twin Mountains from various points on the hike.
A group of students from Kearsarge high school were staying at the hut for a hike up Mt Hale. Many other hikers to Zealand and Hale including two woman approaching the end of their 48 peaks.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.