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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Firewardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 5, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking in small lot at the end of Haystack Road. Plenty of room today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Third crossing of Little River was easy on rocks as the water level was low. The crossing of Whitewall Brook on the Twinway was easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. Some tree falls easily stepped over or straddled. Minor mud areas. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good for dogs. Water is scarce on the Twinway. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some bugs flying about in open areas but none were biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Decided to hike a loop route by using the abandoned Firewarden's Trail on the west side of Mt Hale. Elected to skip the first two crossings of the Little River although they appeared doable without much difficulty. The bypass route is very evident with some muddy areas. The third crossing was easy today. There is one birch across the North Twin Trail uphill of the last river crossing which is about two to three feet above the ground. The North Twin Spur, Twinway, and Lend-a-Hand trails had no obstructions. The start of the Firewarden's trail is on the west side of the summit clearing with the rightmost entry in to the woods was the most direct route. Although the trail was abandoned in the 1960s the pathway is obvious from top to bottom. There were some trees across the trail but they were easy step overs. This path proved to be a quick descent (about an hour without rushing). The trail passed through a nice birch forest. I wonder why this trail was abandoned?
Great views from North Twin, South Twin, Guyot, and Zeacliff.
Saw many other hikers on the Twinway otherwise the only other hiker I met was Jack from Malden on North Twin Spur.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-09-05 
Link
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