Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Fire Warden's Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 3, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The lot at the end of Haystack Rd was full at 10am. I had to park before the bridge. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I bypassed the first two crossings of the Little River to locate the bottom of the Fire Warden's Tr. The third crossing was easily crossed about 100 yards upstream. Last weeks heavy rain made the crossing deeper but narrower. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The North Twin Tr experienced some moderate erosion due to heavy rain. The bypass had several sandy spots and between the second and third crossing there is a washout that has been rerouted up the bank a short distance. The upper section has many loose rocks and some new "steps" to navigate. The rest of the trails were in excellent shape. A new ladder, bog bridges and water bars can be found between Zealand and Zeacliff. Fire Warden's Tr was easy to follow with only a few step-overs. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Marlie had a good time with plenty of water along the way except between North Twin and Zealand Mtn. We saw three today and heard a couple others on the foggy summit of South Twin. We may have met Delilah at the third crossing.  
Bugs: Other than a huge swarm of something on Zeacliff, there were none. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a bite valve from a hydration pack on the Little River bypass. 
Comments: A great day to do this loop. There was rolling fog and no views as we crossed the Twins and Guyot but the clouds lifted and rewarded us with views from Zeacliff. I completed my fourth round of NH4ks on Zealand and met a man that only had 5 left for his first round. I skipped visiting Zeacliff Pond as I felt like I was racing the sun all day. I didn't start until after 10 and had 18 miles ahead of me.

Having not taken the Fire Warden's Tr before I wanted to be sure I had plenty of daylight. The 1300' from the Twinway up to Hale was not as bad as I had expected. The Fire Warden's Tr was very easy to follow and very nice to descend. Beautiful birch glades!

18.1 mi 5310' elev+ 8 hr 10min  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-09-04 
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