|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, NH|
||Zealand Trail, Ethan Pond Trail, Zeacliff Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zeacliff Pond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, September 16, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Used auxillary lot north of the primary lot at the Zealand trailhead which was full. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Whitewall Brook crossing on Zeacliff Trail is a rock hop. This crossing would be difficult in high water. The Twinway crossing of Whitewall Brook was an easy hop. The unbridged crossings on the Zealand Trail were easy. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. New log water bars on the Twinway ascent route to Zeacliff. |
||Some dogs may need assistance in getting over one ledge section on the Zeacliff Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Decided to take the Zeacliff Trail en route to Zealand Mountain as a change from the usually Twinway approach. This allowed an excursion in to Zealand Notch. There were some blue blazes on the Zeacliff Trail even though the trail was mostly in the Wilderness Area. The pathway was evident to me. There is one tricky ledge in the upper section of the Zeacliff Trail. I threw my pack on top of the ledge which made the climb up the ledge fairly easy. You would have to assist small kids over this ledge.|
The Fall leaf colors on the maples and hobblebush were spectacular. Nice view of Mt Carrigain from the shore of Zeacliff Pond. Be sure to visit the Zeacliff viewpoint.
Fed gray jays at the summit of Zealand Mountain.
Lots of hikers enjoying the day in the Zealand area.
||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.