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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zeacliff Spur, Zealand Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 8, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty in the winter lot on Route 302. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings of Whitewall Brook just above Zealand Falls Hut are ice bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Just a couple of small leaners on Zealand Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs
Bugs: Didn't see any. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
 
Comments
Comments: This entire route has light and dry snow. Zealand Road has 2-3" of top cover - there is a decent track up to the Hale Brook TH and less so to Zealand TH. Zealand Trail is covered though larger rocks and roots are still visible in the first mile. Twinway has maybe 4-5" on top of a stable base. I bare booted the road and put snowshoes on at Zealand TH - those stayed on until I returned to the road. There was a good snowshoe track on Twinway that had one set of bare boot tracks and a bit of fill on top. Myself and the only four others I saw today were all wearing snowshoes so there should be a good snowshoe track again - however the snow is so soft and dry that it really isn't packing well. Snowshoes are the best answer here - the spikes went for a ride and not once did I think about putting them on.

Nice day for this hike: cool and little breezy but protected by the trees. Views were crisp from Zeacliff in the afternoon. Good to run into Hiker Ed (thanks again!).

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Name
Name: HMJ 
E-Mail
E-Mail: trailsntrees(at)gmail(dot)com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-08 
Link
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