Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Hale Brook Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Two cars at Hale Brook when we got there at 530 illegally car camping, whom where made when we arrived and were "loud." Got a sweet spot at Zealand.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on all trails listed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails are in fine shape. Recent axe work noted along LAH and Twinway. The supplies to replace the floating bog bridges of doom on Twinway still sit, as they have, for atleast a year.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An Aussie and Cavalier King Charles where out enjoying the day 
Bugs: The black bombers are out 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A fine day was had in Zealand Village and Henry's Woods. We started just before 0600 up Hale Brook but it was brutal even then. It was more like swimming than hiking. Once we got to about 3k, the humidity broke but the heat remained. I joked with Deep End Dan that a month ago we where on Washington in -20 chills and today we where soaked. We took turns eating cobwebs up Hale Brook and down Lend a Hand. Lot's of flora to be had in the swamp above the hut and the entry point for NHHH whacko's doing Zeale. Lot's of traffic, all descending by the time we where ascending, to Zealand. I much prefer the winter version of this route. We tried the whole 'no stopping till Brooklyn' idea of going up Zeacliff, it paid off. Stunning views on the cliff. The azaleas immediately before and post the view spur are a treat for the eyes and nose. A superb treat. The trail is awash in a gorgeous voilet hue. This is worth the journey itself. We surprisingly did not get attacked by a forest chicken on the way to Z, after all this time maybe she knows I grew up on a farm and used to dealing with aggressive roosters charging.. ha! At the end of the day we ended up skinny dipping in the drainage at the trailhead and had some celebratory selzter and brews. I think Sparrow might have made the kid there the talk of his high school with the stories he has now. One of the finest days in memory with my tramily. This is what its all about. Hale #10 an Zealand #10 !  
Name: The Teal Goat, Sparrow, Deep End Dan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-06 
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