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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of plowed parking at Zealand winter trails lot, but lots of pick-up trucks with snowmobile trailers there today (midday Thursday February 25). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings seemed adequately ice-and snow-bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Signage seemed okay. Blue blazing on Zealand Trail seemed relatively prominent. White blazes along Twinway were not very prominent. No major blowdown issues -- one duck-under above Zealand Hut, one walk-around between Zeacliff and Zealand Mountain. A couple of minor sort-of leaners here and there. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One seen Tuesday, who seemed to be having a good time. 
Bugs
Bugs: Snow fleas on Wednesday. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: NA 
 
Comments
Comments: Skied and snowshoed to Zealand Pond area on Tuesday, snowshoed up to and back from Zealand Mountain on Wednesday, snowshoed and skied out Zealand Trail and Zealand Road today (Thursday). A little snowing and drifting on all three days. Broke trail in a few inches of new and drifted snow almost to Zealand Mountain on Wednesday, meeting 3 Bonds-Zealand traversers shortly before the summit. A Zealand-Bonds traverser passed by soon thereafter; later, I passed two hikers doing an out-and-back trip to Zealand Mountain. As noted by another poster, the tracked route near the top of Zeacliff wanders a little bit. Given the weather, trail conditions have been changeable. But the Zealand Trail saw at least one set of snowshoes today, and the Zealand Road at least one set of skis. The Road was okay but not always great skiing, with a bit of dust-over-crust, given the thaw and refreeze, plus a little bit of new, wind-drifted snow. (No monorail, but there used to be a logging railroad in Zealand Valley....)  
Name
Name: PeterC 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-25 
Link
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