Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Zealand Road, Hale Brook Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 13, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking in 302 Snowmobile Lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No Issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on Twinway 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My dog (75lbs golden) really struggled with Lend-A-Hand since it was entirely unbroken with plently of large drifts. The 2.8 miles took us almost 2 hours with constant breaks because of exhaustion. He was constantly falling through as the snow was up to his chest. He did perfectly fine with the rest of the trails other than a bit of slipping on the sidehills on Hale Brook and the less packed steep parts leading up to the peak of Zealand. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Zealand Road: Easy to bare boot on the packed down area of the road.
Hale Brook: Put on snowshoes at the start of Hale Brook and kept them on for the rest of the hike (16 inches of fresh powder). Only one person with snowshoes had broken out Hale Brook. Snow shoes were 100% necessary.
Lend-A-Hand: Completely unbroken. It was pretty manageable for me in snowshoes, but my dog really struggled, see dog notes for more details.
Twinway: Decently packed up until the first Zealand viewpoint, after the viewpoint it was much less packed. Snowshoes were absolutely necessary up to Zealand. The way down was a bit rough in snowshoes as the pack was pretty narrow. I wish I swapped them out for spikes after hitting the Zealand viewpoint.
Zealand Trail: This is well broken out and easy, microspikes were perfect.  
Name: Alex 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-14 
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