Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 13, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Good at highway lot. Zealand road still closed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We started in mid- AM & by late PM when we recrossed streams, the water levels had risen a few inches. Snow bridges & banks were collapsing. Waterproof socks seemed to be right choice. Getting to hazardous stage for young children or inexperienced folks. Water wee bit cold.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Only a few easy step overs or duck unders for trees. Some blowdowns have been avoided by folks making own trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Too many post holes IMO. Going to hut maybe ok 
Bugs: A few. Not biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Wow! Someone lost their mind on a few of water crossings below hut. Clothes, food, and a water bladder were dumped. We didn’t have energy to pick up bc items waterlogged. shouldn’t be in spots currently that will get into river. Sure but stewards will appreciate if someone retrieves.  
Comments: Our goal was Zbonds, which quickly became a fantasy given epic post holing. We went up to our waist several times & it took us 12 hrs RT. We aren’t slow. Snowshoes could have helped but then issue of getting a shoes stuck in spruce trap & water crossings. This area will be struggle until refreeze if that happens. At least 6’ drifts on ridge past zeacliff overlook. FS road plowed almost to hale trailhead. Positive side is it was an unforgettable adventure, didn’t fall into water (lots of near misses) & we literally had area to ourselves. Also saw moose driving up. Love spring ????  
Name: Picea germ rubens 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-14 
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