|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Hale, NH|
||Hale Brook Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Trail, Zealand Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, May 21, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The small lot off the Zealand Road at the Hale Brook trailhead was full at 10:00AM. No fee. The Zealand trailhead is a fee lot with toilet facilities.
Zealand road prior to the Sugarloaf area has many spots with exposed gravel in the paved surface. The unpaved forest road is bumpy in places but is accessible for all vehicles |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy rock hops |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. Bog bridges on Lend-a-Hand Trail in good condition except one broken log in a place that didn't seem to really need a bridge. Most tree falls were not a problem. There is one broken tree 3 feet off the ground on the Lend-a-Hand Trail that requires a low duck or walk around. One other tree fall near a brook on the Lend-a-Hand Trail that is a step over. Just below the summit there is a small tree across the trail on the Lend-a-Hand Trail that is easy to step over. |
||Fine for dogs. Lots of water available. |
||The most black flies were on the summit of Mt Hale. Not too bad. |
|Lost and Found:
||All trails are easily hiked in summer footwear. Only a small patch on the Hale Brook Trail that can easily be overlooked. Two noticeable small spots of snow high up on the Lend-a-Hand Trail that are easy to get by. No views on the summit even while standing on the large cairn. Some views on the Lend-a-Hand Trail. There was a good flow over Zealand Falls as compared to the trickle that is usually the case during the dry summer season. Saw a Spruce Grouse hen who was distracting me from her chicks on the Lend-a-Hand Trail. Saw two garter snakes, one frog, and three small toads. There was plenty of Painted Trillium and Hobblebush as well as some Shadbush.|
Many hikers on all trails except for the Lend-a-Hand trail where I saw nobody. One hiker on the Twinway below the hut was a former trail crew member.
They were testing the smoke/fire alarms at the hut.
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.