|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, NH|
||Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 6, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Was able to get a spot in the main lot at 7. |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Did not note any blowdowns obstructing the trail. Waterbars in need of digging. Lots of unmitigated erosion. |
||Minimal black flies/mosquitoes. Deer flies were vexing at times down low, however. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trails were initially damp from the recent rain, but were drying as the sun came out (though some rocks remained wet/slippery from the humidity).|
Zealand Trail was generally dry with minor mud/slippery rock in the usual places.
Twinway up to the hut was slippery due to the lack of uniformity of the rocks/random steps.
Zealand Hut is open, however the AMC has reversed practice from a few weeks ago and is now requiring all to wear masks to enter any building (including restrooms). Disposable masks are made available at the entrance. Some might suggest that disregarding of CDC guidance and encouraging the use of disposable face masks is in conflict with an organization that claims to support science and the environment.
Twinway above the hut was also slippery in places, but generally dry. Bog bridges at the second Zeacliff Spur junction are still problematic (some floating, some broken), but the new bridging will hopefully be installed soon (materials were staged nearby a few months ago). This portion of the Twinway is amazing right now, as the rhododendron is in bloom, making it feel like you're walking through a pink/purple garden. Slabs higher up were fairly dry.
Surprising number of folks out on the trails this morning, as compared to what I've seen in prior weekends this spring. Perhaps the COVID crowds have returned. Apart from the heat/humidity, the sun was nice, as was the breeze on the ridge.
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.