Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, Fire Wardens Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 24, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Still a few spaces at Little Haystack around 9 am. I was the last to leave around 7:30 pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues all hop-able. The "third crossing" on N. Twin was no problem. Really the only crossing since the trail was blocked off on the opposite side of the river. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Ironically, the best trail was the Fire Warden's Trail which gets no maintenance these days. Although I could see some recent blow down clearing. All the other trails in decent shape, ie no hinderances. New work on Twin Way and North Twin too.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy trails for any pup. No sharp rocks or difficult scrambles. 
Bugs: nada 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nada 
Comments: First time up Fire Warden's Trail...very nice. About a mile longer than Hale Brook but very gentle slopes. I saw 4 old 55 gal steel drums in the col before the Hale Summit...I'm assuming there must have been a cabin there long ago. Only saw 4 hikers on the Lend a Hand Trail but dozens and dozens on the Twin Way, many were through hikers coming down to the Hut. Passed a group of young hikers (17) near Zealand Mtn...they were all having a blast! Long loop--17.7 miles and 5500' of vertical. I also passed a covey of 5 spruce gross on the summit of N. Twin...very tame. I got within two feet of the momma with my camera. Had to wait for them to get off the trail.  
Name: Tatnic 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-25 
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