Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: Zealand Road, Hale Brook Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No major issues, but 2 open crossings on Lend-a-Hand were a bit challenging. I went to descender’s right and crossed slightly further down the trail on the second crossing which seemed a better route to me (this is just above the forest protection sign for Zealand Hut). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Generally good shape. A few bent over spruce here and there, but all easy to duck under or walk around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
Comments: A nice loop through the woods on a day with a low ceiling of clouds. Bare boots were fine on the road, which is well packed. I tried snowshoes on the road for a while but there is no defined snowshoe path and the various ruts from hikers, skiers and snowmobiles made it much harder going with snowshoes than bare boots. Skiers appear to favor the edges of the road. Well developed snowshoe track on Hale Brook, Twinway and Zealand trails. Lend-a-Hand had only seen one or two tracks and was quite soft; snowshoes were essential there. Lots of moose tracks on Lend-a-Hand, too, although I didn’t see a moose.  
Name: Jay Baxter 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-23 
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